INTRODUCTION: It is now 21 years since Nigeria gained independence from Britain.
GV & PAN President Shagari takes salute from Landrover in stadium arena
GV President drives past rank of schoolchildren
SV President Shagari with senior military officer
GV march past of army and navy guards
GVs Tanks and armoured vehicles in drive past (2 shots)
GV Helicopter with smoke trails flying overhead
SV & GV Crowd watching flypast
GV & PAN Crowd and military guards
GV President and officials leave stadium
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Background: INTRODUCTION: It is now 21 years since Nigeria gained independence from Britain. Although the West African nation severed all links with the British crown, it has retained membership of the Commonwealth. on Thursday (1 October) the anniversary of independence was celebrated in the capital Lagos with President Alhaji Shehu Shagari in attendance.
SYNOPSIS: President Shagari came to office two years ago. As well as being Premier, he is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Nigeria is a federal republic, made up of 19 states and a federal capital territory. The country's constitution came into effect in 1979 and vested legislative powers in a National Assembly for the federation, and a House of Assembly for each state. President Shagari's government has undertaken a massive programme to educate its citizens.
The strength of the army is put at 130,000, men with both the navy and air force having around 8,000 personnel. The Nigerian armed service are all-volunteer forces and have increased their capabilities over the past six years through the acquisition of new and sophisticated weapons. During this time the size of the police force has been doubled.
As part of a defence build-up, estimated at around 10,000-million dollars. Nigeria is updating its armoured units with new British-built battle tanks and armoured support vehicles. The order is expected to take four years to complete, with the first of the new vehicles being delivered in 1983. The cost of the tank and armoured vehicle replacements will be around 100-million dollars.
The crowd at the independence anniversary celebrations saw a spectacular fly past. Like the army and navy, Nigeria's air force will be re-equipped under the increased defence budget. New helicopters and planes will probably come mainly from Britain, the United States and Italy.
Oil provides 80 per cent of Nigeria's revenue while agriculture employs about two-thirds of the working population. under the 'Green Revolution' launched last year, President Shagari is trying to establish self-sufficiency in food crops by 1985.