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Provinces and Regions of Nigeria

Provinces Northern - Southern - Regions Eastern - Midwest - Western - Lagos Federal Territory

Note: Regions since 1914 are given with Lagos Federal District formed in 1954. The regions gained self-rule on 1 Oct 1954. Military governors were installed after the coup of 15 Jan 1966. During the abolition of federalism 24 May - 31 Aug 1966, the regions were re-designated "groups of provinces," and the governors continued in office under the new designations. In 27 May 1967 the regions were dissolved and 12 states created instead.

Party abbreviations: AG = Action Group (Yoruba dominated, left-leaning, 1950-1966); NCNC = National Council of Nigerian Citizens (Igbo dominated, until 1959 named National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons, 1944-1966); NNDP = Nigerian National Democratic Party (conservative, Lagos based, 1923-1966); NPC = Northern People's Congress (northern autonomist, Hausa/Fulani dominated, 1951-1966); UPC = United People's Party (split from AG, 1962-1966); Mil = Military



Northern
 
[Northern
                          Provinces flag 1958-19603
                       12 Dec 1958 - 1963
 
Northern Region,
                          1960-1967 (Nigeria)
                              1960 - 1967
 
 1 Jan 1914                Northern Nigeria Protectorate part of British Nigeria Colony
                             as Northern provinces.
15 Mar 1959                Self-government.
 1 Oct 1960               
Incorporated into Nigeria.

Lieutenant governors
 1 Jan 1914 - 1917         Charles Lindsay Temple             (b. 1871 - d. 1929)
1917 - 1921                Herbert Symonds Goldsmith          (b. 1873 - d. 1945)
1921 - 1925                William Frederick Gowers           (b. 1875 - d. 1954)
1925 - 1930                Sir Herbert Richard Palmer         (b. 1877 - d. 1958)
1930 - 1932                Cyril Wilson Alexander             (b. 1879 - d. 1947)
Chief Commissioners
1932 - 1936                George Sinclair Browne             (b. 1880 - d. 19..)
1936 - 1943                Sir Theodore Samuel Adams          (b. 1885 - d. 1961)
1943 - 1947                Sir John Robert Patterson          (b. 1892 - d. 1976)
1947 - 1951                Eric Westbury Thompstone           (b. 1897 - d. 1974)
Lieutenant governors
1951 - 1952                Sir Eric Westbury Thompstone       (s.a.)
1952 - 1 Oct 1954          Bryan Sharwood-Smith               (b. 1899 - d. 1983)
                            (from 1 Jan 1953, Sir Bryan Sharwood-Smith)
Governors
 1 Oct 1954 -  2 Dec 1957  Sir Bryan Sharwood-Smith           (s.a.)
 2 Dec 1957 - 1962         Sir Gawain Westray Bell            (b. 1909 - d. 1995)
1962 - 16 Jan 1966         Alhaji Sir Kashim Ibrahim          (b. 1910 - d. 1990)
19 Jan 1966 - 27 May 1967  Hassan Usman Katsina               (b. 1933 - d. 1995)

Leader of Government Business
1951 -  1 Oct 1954         Alhaji Ahmadu Bello                (b. 1909 - d. 1966)  NPC    
Premier

 1 Oct 1954 - 15 Jan 1966  Alhaji Ahmadu Bello                (s.a.)               NPC
                             (from 1959, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello) 



Southern Provinces

 1 Jan 1914                Southern Nigeria Protectorate part of British Nigeria Colony
                             as southern provinces.
1939                       Southern provinces divided into Eastern and Western Regions.
 1 Oct 1960                Eastern and Western regions incorporated into Nigeria.

Lieutenant governors
 1 Jan 1914 - 1920         Alexander George Boyle             (b. 1872 - d. 1943)
1921 - 1925                Harry Claude Moorhouse             (b. 1872 - d. 1934)
1925 - 1929                Fitz Herbert Ruxton                (b. 1873 - d. 1954)
1929 - 1930                Cyril Wilson Alexander             (b. 1879 - d. 1947)
1930 - 1935                Walter Buchanan-Smith              (b. 1879 - d. 1944)
Chief Commissioner
1935 - 1939                William Edgar Hunt                 (b. 1883 - d. 1969)


Western
 
[Western Region
                          flag 1958-1960]
                         1958 - 1 Oct 1960
Western Region,
                          1960-1967 (Nigeria)
                               1960 - 1967

Chief Commissioners
1939 - 1946                Gerald Charles Whiteley            (b. 1891 - d. 1958)
1946 - 1951                Theo Chandos Hoskyns-Abrahall      (b. 1896 - d. 1975)
                             (from 24 Feb 1950, Sir Theo Chandos Hoskyns-Abrahall)
Lieutenant governors

1951                       Sir Theo Chandos Hoskyns-Abrahall  (s.a.) 
1951 -  1 Oct 1954         Sir Hugo F. Marshall               (b. 1905 - d. 1986)
Governors
 1 Oct 1954 - Jul 1960     Sir John Dalzell Rankine           (b. 1907 - d. 1987)
Jul 1960 - Dec 1962        Sir Adesoji Aderemi                (b. 1889 - d. 1980)
Dec 1962 - 16 Jan 1966     Joseph Odeleye Fadahunsi           (b. 1901 - d. 1986)
                             (from 20 Mar 1963, Sir Joseph Odeleye Fadahunsi)
19 Jan 1966 - 29 Jul 1966  Adekunle Fajuyi                    (b. 1926 - d. 1966)
Aug 1966 - 27 May 1967     Robert Adeyinka Adebayo            (b. 1928)

Leader of Government Business
1951 -  1 Oct 1954         Obafemi Awolowo                    (b. 1909 - d. 1987)  AG
Premiers
 1 Oct 1954 - 15 Dec 1959  Obafemi Awolowo                    (s.a.)               AG
15 Dec 1959 - 21 May 1962  Samuel Akintola (1st time)         (b. 1910 - d. 1966)  AG
21 May 1962 - 29 May 1962  Alhaji Dauda Soroye Adegbenro      (b. 1909 - d. 1975)  NNDP
29 May 1962 - Dec 1962     Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi        (b. 1916 - d. 2012) 
                             (administrator)
 1 Jan 1963 - 15 Jan 1966  Samuel Akintola (2nd time)         (s.a.)               UPC



Midwest

[Mid Western Region]
                        19 May 1964 - 1967

 8 Aug 1963                Midwest Region created from part of Western Region.
 9 Aug 1967                Occupied by Biafra.
19 Sep 1967                Republic of Benin declared.
20 Sep 1967                Retaken by Nigeria.

Administrator
12 Aug 1963 -  8 Feb 1964  Dennis Osadebay                    (b. 1911 - d. 1994)
Governors
 8 Feb 1964 - 16 Jan 1966? Samuel Jereton Mariere             (b. 1907 - d. 1971)
19 Jan 1966 -  9 Aug 1967  David Akpode Ejoor                 (b. 1932)
17 Aug 1967 - 20 Sep 1967  Albert Nwazu Okonkwo               (d. ....)             Mil
                           (Biafran military administrator;
                            19-20 Sep 1967 governor of "Republic of Benin")

Premier
 8 Feb 1964 - 16 Jan 1966  Dennis Osadebay                    (s.a.)                NCNC



Eastern

Eastern Region, 1960-1967
                (Nigeria)
                              1960 - 1967

Chief Commissioners
1939 - 1943                Geoffrey Gay Shute                 (b. 1892 - d. 1951)
1943 - 1948                Frederick Bernard Carr             (b. 1893 - d. 1981)
1948 - 1951                James Grenville Pyke-Nott          (b. 1897 - d. 19..)
Lieutenant governors
1951 - 1952                James Grenville Pyke-Nott          (s.a.)
1952 -  1 Oct 1954         Clement John Pleass                (b. 1901 - d. 1988) 
                             (from 1 Jun 1953, Sir Clement John Pleass)
Governors
 1 Oct 1954 - Nov 1956     Sir Clement John Pleass            (s.a.)
1956 - May 1960            Sir Robert Stapledon               (b. 1909 - d. 1975)
15 Dec 1960 - 16 Jan 1966  Sir Francis Akanu Ibiam            (b. 1906 - d. 1995)
19 Jan 1966 - 27 May 1967  Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu        (b. 1933 - d. 2011)

Leader of Government Business
1951 - 1953                Eyo Ita                            (b. 1904 - d. 198.)  NCNC
Chief minister
1953 -  1 Oct 1954         Nnamdi Azikiwe                     (b. 1904 - d. 1996)  NCNC

Premiers

 1 Oct 1954 - Dec 1959     Nnamdi Azikiwe                     (s.a.)               NCNC
Jan 1960 - 16 Jan 1966     Michael Okpara                     (b. 1920 - d. 1984)  NCNC



Lagos Federal Territory

Lagos Federal District,
                1960-1967 [Nigeria]
                         1960 - 1967

 7 Jul 1954                Federal Territory of Lagos (a 70 sq. km area of Lagos Island,
                             including the city of Lagos).
27 May 1967                Part of Lagos state.

Administrators
 7 Jul 1954 - 1956         ....
Chief Administrative Officer
1956 - 1957?               T.F. Barker                        (b. 1912 - d. ....)
Ministers of Lagos Affairs

1957 - 1960                Muhammadu Ribadu                   (b. 1910 - d. 1966)  NPC
1960 - 1966                Mallam Musa Yar'Adua               (d. 19..)            NPC






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