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An Assessment of Urban Development and Control Mechanisms in Selected Nigerian Cities

Version 1 : Received: 23 November 2020 / Approved: 24 November 2020 / Online: 24 November 2020 (08:09:30 CET)

How to cite: Qurix, B.W.; Edomwonyi-Otu, L.C.; Jise, D. An Assessment of Urban Development and Control Mechanisms in Selected Nigerian Cities. Preprints 2020, 2020110600 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0600.v1). Qurix, B.W.; Edomwonyi-Otu, L.C.; Jise, D. An Assessment of Urban Development and Control Mechanisms in Selected Nigerian Cities. Preprints 2020, 2020110600 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0600.v1).

Abstract

The paper makes a critical assessment of urban development in Nigeria against the backdrop of a rapidly changing population and growth rate. The Authors interrogated the effects of development control- mechanisms through the lenses of identified social anomalies in three selected pilot cities of Nigeria (Kaduna, Abuja FCT, and Lagos). Thematic areas examined include, the state of critical infrastructure, population dynamics, urban sprawl, city polarization, transportation, waste management systems, security/crime and economics. The Authors identified structural transformation of three Nigerian cities with focus on the causes and attendant consequences on urban development. The study found that urban growth has over-stretched the state of critical infrastructure in the cities and the mechanisms of development control seem ineffective in stemming unregulated growth, compromises and unplanned ‘development’. The paper noted that the impact of these developments has overstretched the state of critical infrastructure with far-reaching consequences. The authors conclude with some recommendations for strategic planning and sustainable development strategies aimed at mitigating the problems of urban development in Nigeria.

Subject Areas

development controls; physical planning; regulations; cities; urban development; polarization; infrastructural deficit; Kaduna; Abuja; Lagos

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