Urban development and governance in Nigeria : challenges, opportunities and policy direction

Gyau, KAB 2018, 'Urban development and governance in Nigeria : challenges, opportunities and policy direction' , International Development Planning Review, 40 (1) , pp. 27-49.

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Abstract

Volumes of literature discourse illuminate several weaknesses of Nigeria’s urban planning and governance system particularly in the face of rapid urbanisation, and rising levels of urban poverty and informality. However, these literature discourses often fail to situate the weaknesses within the context of opportunities presented by the system, and provide a clear policy direction. An in-depth understanding of the weaknesses of the system, and opportunities it presents especially for the on-going construction of massively scaled urban developments to meet demands of various urban actors and their impact is imperative for far reaching policy formulation and implementation. Based on an examination of the perspectives of key urban stakeholders solicited through semi-structured interviews in three Nigerian cities of Abuja, Minna and Enugu, this study provides insights into how the failings of the existing regime provide opportunities for the urban developmental landscape. The findings suggest that pluralistic forms of social steering in urban planning and governance have the potential to succeed. Nevertheless, Government input especially in the area of infrastructure provision is critical.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Development
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: International Development Planning Review
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
ISSN: 1478-3401
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2018 12:08
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 15:03
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/45127

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