New Settlements in Nigeria: Planning for Sustainability?

By Basirat Ashabi Oyalowo.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The drive to attain global sustainability presents different challenges to different countries of the world, reflecting their different levels of socio-economic characteristics. Based on a study of Abuja, Nigeria; this article researches the sustainable development principles that are prioritized in the design of new settlements, and within the limits of a case-study analysis, ascertains the influence of International Agendas in the design of the new settlements in Abuja, Nigeria’s new capital city. It was found that the designs addressed mainly social and economic issues, although there is need to further promote social justice and equity. The designs did not accommodate sustainable environmental practices as such. Standard Planning principles have influenced the designs, and there is an urgent need for localizing international agreements in order to achieve meaningful sustainable development in the country.

Keywords: Abuja, Agenda 21, Nigeria, Urban Planning, Sustainable Development

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.9-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 609.018KB).

Basirat Ashabi Oyalowo

Technical Assistant, Regional Plan Office, Sango-Ota, Ogun, Nigeria

Basirat Oyalowo is currently a Technical Assistant with the Regional Plan Office, Office of the Governor of Ogun State, Nigeria, where she is involved in the implementation of the 20 year Regional Development Plan of the state. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Estate Management from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and Masters in Housing Policy and Management from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK. An early diploma in Town and Regional Planning in Nigeria and her studies in the UK has influenced her research interest towards the fields of sustainable urban development and sustainable housing policy and practices with very keen interest in how successful sustainable development policies from developed countries can be transferred to developing countries.


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