• Experts advocate for a review of Abuja’s masterplan

    Growth and development in Nigerian urban areas had been generally unplanned and haphazard, adding to the  failure of government to provide basic infrastructure, plan for imminent growth and expansion, implement development plans and enforce development control, says a group of experts at a recent conference in Abuja. This was part of their call to have […]

  • Alternative planning approaches and the sustainable cities programme in Nigeria

    Recent arguments have been in favour of urban planning systems and innovative approaches that must function as tools for achieving sustainable urbanization. This paper examines the application of the central methodology of the Sustainable Cities Programme in Nigeria and explores how it can contribute in the shift towards alternative urban planning approaches. Data were collected…

  • Suprastructure: a photo exhibition

    The scholars behind the exhibition, Ulrika and Erik Trovalla, are researchers in cultural anthropology and ethnology. They are based at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, and Uppsala University. Drawing on their photographs from the million city Jos in central Nigeria, they here give a glimpse of their research into the meanings of infrastructure in everyday life. Download full text here

  • The Challenges of Housing Development and Needs in Abuja, Nigeria

    This paper examines the various efforts made by the Nigerian State through the Federal Captial Development Authority (FCDA) and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) toprovide housing for the urban population of Abuja.It also examines the various stages of these programmes in the last thirty six years of the development of Abuja; the success so far recorded, the various challenges associated with it and the impact from land administration and land management…

  • City design and social exclusion: Abuja, Nigeria in review

    This thesis investigation explores the relationship between city design and social exclusion, and more specifically, how modernist principles of urban design and development policy have contributed to social exclusion in Abuja – the capital city of Nigeria. This study is facilitated through reading the city and its unique and common characteristics. Based on my experiences in the city over a three month period, I use my understanding of urban development, and relevant documents…

  • Waste Management in Contemporary Nigeria: The Abuja Example

    Environmental hazards of varying magnitude dangerously threaten human and animal lives in most urban centers in Nigeria. As the case of Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, used in this study revealed, rapid urbanization, rural-urban migration, little or no town planning efforts coupled with attitudinal irresponsibility, lack of political will, ineptitude and graft have independently and collectively created environmental challenge in Nigeria. With human/solid waste decorating street corners and public space everywhere in Nigeria…

  • Vulnerability of Poor Urban Coastal Communities to Flooding in Lagos, Nigeria

    This paper considers the risks from and vulnerabilities to flooding in four urban poor communities close to the coast in Lagos, Nigeria. Drawing on interviews with inhabitants and key informants and also on group discussions, it documents the scale and frequency of flooding in these settlements and the impacts, as well as the individual, household and community responses. It also considers the factors that have contributed to increasing flood risks in Lagos, including the uncontrolled expansion of the built-up area, the lack of infrastructure and the failure not only to expand stormwater drainage but also…

  • Rental Value Around Hvotl Facilities In Residential Neighborhoods Of Metropolitan Lagos, Nigeria

    There has been a constant debate that High Voltage Overhead Transmission Lines (HVOTLs) facilitate residential property values diminution. This study therefore tries to capture the pattern of residential property rental values around HVOTLs using a rent comparison basis within Lagos metropolis. Questionnaires were distributed to Estate Surveyors and Valuers, residents within 200m to power lines in Surulere and Alimosho areas of Lagos coupled with an indepth interview with the Managers and field officers of the Akangba and Alimosho PHCN…

  • Assessing the Effects of Urban Planning On Residential Property Values in Agege, Lagos

    In urban centres the essence of land use planning is to ensure that urban activities are organised and developed in physical space with due consideration for protection of public interest which include health, safety, convenience, efficiency, energy conservation, environmental quality, social equity, social choice and amenity. With this background, the study examined the effects of land use planning on residential property values using a comparison of two neighbourhoods in Agege Local Government Council Area of…

  • A place to live: a case study of the Ijora – Badia community in Lagos, Nigeria

    In 1973, three years after the end of Nigeria’s civil war, the Federal Military Government acquired a large tract of land comprised of a sprawling old settlement known as Oluwole Village in the Iganmu (central Lagos) for the purpose of building Nigeria’s National Arts Theatre. The theatre was to be a key edifice to grace the African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) that Nigeria hosted in 1977.

  • Planning within a Context of Informality: Issues and Trends in Land Delivery in Enugu, Nigeria

    By exploring the nature and extent of informality in land markets and the ways in which land, and, to a lesser extent, services are delivered and managed in situations where the public sector is unable or unwilling to fulfil this function, this case study of Enugu in Nigeria aims to deepen understanding of how informal (customary) land delivery is organized and the roles of the various actors involved. In this introductory section, the paper begins with a broad overview of the literature on the various issues that…