Urban Planning Practices in Lagos

Authored by: Ismaila Rimi Abubakar , Taibat O. Lawanson , Abubakar S. Usman

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Megacities in the Global South

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  June  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367223724
eBook ISBN: 9781003038160
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The world’s urban population has been annually increasing by around 60 million people, and by 2030 urban areas will be home to 68% of the estimated 9.7 billion global population (UN-DESA, 2015). Within three decades (2000–2030), the global urban areas could nearly increase twofold from 652,825 km2 to 1,210,475 km2 (Seto, Güneralp, and Hutyra, 2012). While countries of the Global North have attained urbanization levels above 85%, urban population growth in the Global South is unprecedented. Africa and Asia would be home to around 90% of the estimated increase in the global urban population by 2030 (2.5 billion people), with 37% of the increase expected to happen in China, India, and Nigeria alone (World Bank, 2016). In the least developed countries, excessive urban growth is anticipated to happen in regions including the coast of West Africa, notably in Nigeria, which poses overwhelming challenges, including physical planning, employment, housing, essential public services, and socioeconomic infrastructure required to sustain the population and economic sectors demands (Muhammad and Abubakar, 2019; Seto, Güneralp, and Hutyra, 2012). The challenges of planning are multiplied in countries where the extent of the challenges intensifies every day with rapid urbanization, and with fewer resources to confront them (UN-Habitat, 2014). Consequently, urban development stakeholders must seek opportunities in innovative urban planning capacities and tools (Abubakar and Aina, 2019).

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