Pre-independence Constitution

Government S.S.S 2 Third Term


Pre-independence Constitution

Performance Objectives

Student should be able to:

1. Mention the Richard constitution of 1946

2. Outline the Richard constitution of 1946

3. Identify the common features of the Richard constitution

Richard Constitution of 1946

During the outbreak of the second world war (1939-1945) the Governor of Nigeria was Sir Bourdillon, who was in office between 1939 and 1944. In 1939, the northern and southern protectorates were made provinces. Northern Nigeria remained a province and Southern Nigeria was broken into two, Eastern and Western province. At the time of Bourdillon's retirement in 1944, he had almost concluded the new constitution, where he proposed regionalism. However, Sir Richard's constitution of 1946 replaced Clifford Constitution of 1922. The new constitution was published and tailored specifically to promote the unity of Nigeria and enhance greater participation of Nigerians in their affairs, etc.

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