New Settlements in Nigeria: Planning for Sustainability?
Most developing nations recognise the negative impacts of unguided urbanisation and are signed on to various international agreements and pacts designed to provide a framework for sustainable urban forms. In this paper, the nature of new settlement planning in Nigeria is explored with a view to discovering the influence and extent of compliance of the sustainability paradigm in the practice of new settlement planning in Abuja. In addition, this case-study research seeks to identify the interpretation of the concept of 'sustainability' in this context. It is empirically based, focussing on the analyses of the sustainability paradigm, sustainable urban infrastructures and sustainable city forms and analyses of interviews with planners. It uses the Agenda 21 document as the analytical framework. It was found that the planning mechanism is still very much entrenched in standard practises; there is therefore the need to begin to mainstream these international conventions into the standard planning principles.
Keywords: Abuja, Agenda 21, Nigeria, Urban Planning, Sustainable Development
Basirat Ashabi Oyalowo
Technical Assistant, Regional Plan Office