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Urban Space Administration in Nigeria: Looking into Tomorrow from Yesterday


Urban space administration is a branch of public administration designated for ordering, re-ordering, regulating and controlling urban systems and urban land uses for the purpose of human comfort, convenience, urban aesthetic or city’s branding and economic and environmental sustainability. Urban space administration is not new in Nigeria; it dated back to precolonial periods when city management was vested in kings and a team of advisers including the local priests. The advent of colonial government introduced paper-assisted urban administration which continued after independence. The 1976 local government reforms and the subsequent fragmentations of states to many local government resulted in multiplicity of admirations and agencies governing urban areas in Nigeria. The results are manifested in blighted condition and pockets of slums in all Nigeria cities. The paper examined trends in urban administration in Nigeria and advanced two approaches to solving multifarious urban problems in Nigeria. The approaches include devolution of urban administration powers to local authorities and deployment of geospatial technology tools for urban system administrators ( Knaap et al 1998). The paper further suggested recommendations for bridging the digital shortfall in the applications of modern technologies to city administration in Nigeria.

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Appendix 1

State institutions where interviews or data were collected

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    Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) Abuja

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    Osun State Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

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    Kwara State Ministry of Land Housing and Urban Development

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    Kaduna State Ministries of Housing and Physical Planning

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    Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority

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    Lagos State Physical Planning and Urban Development

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    River State Ministry of Urban Development

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    Enugu State Ministry of Lands and Urban Development

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    Adamawa State Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning

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    Delta State Ministry of Lands and Physical planning

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    Kogi State Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Appendix 2

Questionnaire on City Administration and Slum Developments in Nigeria

This questionnaire is intended to solicit information of the challenges of slum and urban administration in Nigeria. It is an ongoing academic research by Centre for Human Settlements and Sustainable Development (CHUSSDEV). You have been selected for this interview on the basis of your experience, competence and knowledge of the issues of the research. The information provided will be treated with utmost confidence and under no condition will it be released to third party. Thank you.

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Fabiyi, O. Urban Space Administration in Nigeria: Looking into Tomorrow from Yesterday. Urban Forum 28, 165–183 (2017).

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  • Urban space
  • City administration
  • Urban planning
  • Electronic cadastre