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African Military Labour and the Building of the Office du Niger Installations, 1925-1950

Myron Echenberg and Jean Filipovich
The Journal of African History
Vol. 27, No. 3 (1986), pp. 533-551
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/181416
Page Count: 19
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Abstract

In 1926, the Governor-General of French West Africa issued a decree allowing local administrations to use a portion of the annual military draft as labourers on public works programmes. The only administration to take full advantage of this decree was that of the French Soudan, where work had already begun on the first phase of the vast Niger irrigation scheme now known as the Office du Niger. During the next twenty-five years, more than fifty thousand so-called 'second-portion' workers from Soudan were assigned to the Office du Niger for a period of three years' service. Ironically, this new system of forced labour allowed the colonial administration to construct a grandiose irrigation scheme that was destined to fail, chiefly because the sparsely populated colony could not supply enough labour to exploit the irrigated land.

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