TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND INTERNATIONAL POLITICS: A CASE STUDY OF AJAOKUTA STEEL PROJECT (2000-2008)

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ABSTRACT


The study is using Ajaokuta steel project as a case study to focus on the following question as a guide towards the concrete examination of the influence of international politics in technology transfer and
acquisition to the developing world like Nigeria: Has the domination of the international steel sector by major steel companies (Nippon, Arcelormittal, US steel, Thyssenkrupp and Baosteel) negatively
affected the execution of Ajaokuta steel project? The general objective of this study is to examine the Impact and implication of domination of the major international steel sector on the execution of Nigeria’s
Ajaokuta steel project. We adopt the Marxist political economy approach through Marxist production analysis as a most suitable framework for the purpose of analyzing the politics of technology acquisition and the state of Nigeria’s Ajaokuta steel project. Information for the analysis was gathered mainly through the documentary method of data collection while analysis was done using the content analysis aided by tables. Our findings are as follows:
Domination of international steel sector by the major steel companies, (Nippon, Arcelormittal, US steel, Thyssenkrupp and Baosteel) has negatively affected the execution of Ajaokuta steel project. Also,
Nigerian government should learn from the Asian escape by internally developing the necessary technological and organizational capabilities.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title Page – – – – – – – – – i
Certification – – – – – – – ii
Approval Page – – – – – – – – iii
Dedication- – – – – – – – – iv
Acknowledgement – – – – – – – v
Abstract – – – – – – – – vi
Table of Contents – – – – – – – vii
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

1.1 Statement of Problem
1.2 Objective of Study –
1.3 Significance of Study
1.4 Literature Review
1.5 Theoretical Framework –
1.6 Hypotheses –
1.7 Research Design –
1.8 Population and Sample of Study
1.9 Method of Data Collection
1.10 Operational Logic of Empirical Research
1.11 Definition and Clarification of Terms –

CHAPTER TWO: BACKGROUND OF THE AJAOKUTA STEEL
PROJECT
2.1 Introduction – – – – – – – 41
2.2 Conception – – – – – – – 43
2.3 Nigerian Steel Development Authority (NSDA) – 46
2.4 Location of the Ajaokuta Steel Project – – – 47

CHAPTER THREE: ACQUISITION OF STEEL TECHNOLOGY
AND THE NIGERIAN STATE
3.1 Introduction – – – – – – 50
3.2 Class Character and State of the Projects- – – 57
3.3 Nature and Characteristics of
International Steel Sector – – – – 62
CHAPTER FOUR: INTERNATIONAL STEEL COMPANIES
AND STATE OF AJAOKUTA STEEL
PROJECT
4.1 Introduction – – – – – – 73
4.2 Dumping and the State of Ajaokuta Steel Project – 79
4.3 The Role of International Politics and Capital – 84
4.4 The Effect of Alliances and Cartels – – – – 93
4.5 Propaganda and Criticism – – – – 96
4.6 Delay and Cost Escalation – – – – – 101
CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1 Summary of the Study – – – – – – 109
5.2 Recommendations – – – – – – 114
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