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ABSTRACT

The study sets out to interrogate the relationship between debt cancellation and economic reform policies in Nigeria under President Obasanjo‘s administration. The aim of the research was to provide a framework that explains the effects of debt relief on Nigeria’s economic development. The theory of Marxist Political Economy Paradigm was adopted as the analytical framework to demonstrate that Nigeria has followed a developmental strategy dictated by the interest of the imperialists and their local allies among the indigenous population. The method of data collection used was the secondary sources of data. Three hypothesis tested were: Nigerian government‘s demand for debt cancellation gave rise to the economic reform conditionality; the involvement of World Bank technocrats in President Obasanjo’s deregulation programme influenced the 2005 Paris Club debt cancellation conditionality for Nigeria,
and, the economic reform policies of Paris Club of creditor nations pressurized the Nigerian government to adopt privatization of public enterprises. The findings of the study revealed that Nigerian government’s political and economic profile necessitated the conditionality for the adoption of economic reform policies of the Paris Club. Against the background of debt relief granted to Nigeria, the study recommends that a law should be made to avoid a relapse to the past and also to commit all the tiers of
governments to a set of rules for efficient economic management in terms of planning, as well as control and monitoring of public borrowing and expenditure.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title page – – — – – – – – – – i
Approval page – – – – – – – – – ii
Dedication – – – – – – – – – – iii
Acknowledgment – – – – – – – – – iv
Abstract – – – – – – – – – – v
Table of content – – – – – – – – – vii
List of tables – – – – – – – – – vi
CHAPTER ONE
1.1 Introduction – – – — – – – – – 1
1.2 Statement of the problem – – – – – – – 4
1.3 Objective of the study – – – – – – – 5
1.4 Significance of the study – – – – – – – 7
1.5 Literature review – – – – – – – – 7
1.6 Theoretical framework – – — – — – – 18
1.7 Hypothesis – – – – – – – – – 21
1.8 Method of data collection – – – – – – – 21
CHAPTER TWO: NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT’S ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PROFILE AND ECONOMIC REFORM CONDITIONALITY
2.1 Nigerian Government’s Political profile and its demand for
Debt cancellation – – – – – – – – 25
2.2 Nigerian Government’s Economic Profile and its Demand for
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Debt Cancellation – – – – – – – – 33
2.3 Nigerian Government’s Political and Economic in its Demand for
Debt cancellation – – – – – – – – 40
CHAPTER THREE: WORLD BANK TECHNOCRATS IN OBASANJO’S ADMINISTRATION AND NIGERIA 2005 PARIS CLUB DEBT CANCELLATION
3.1 President Obasanjo’s Deregulation Programme
3.2 World Bank Technocrats in President Obasanjo’s Administration- – 55
3.3 World Bank Technocrats in President Obasanjo’s
Deregulation programme and the 2005 Paris Club
Cancellation Conditionality for Nigeria. – – – – – 59
CHAPTER FOUR: ECONOMIC REFORM POLICIES OF PARIS CLUB AND PRIVATIZATION PROGRAMME IN NIGERIA
4.1 The Economic Reform Policies of the Paris Club – – – 64
4.2 Privatization of Public Enterprises in Nigeria – – – – 69
4.3 Economic Reform Polices of Paris Club and Privatization of Public
Enterprises in Nigeria – – – – – – – 72
CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION
5.1 Summary – – – – – – – – – 79
5.2 Conclusion – – – – – – – – – 84
5.3 Recommendation – – – – – – – – 84
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