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8,000-year-old village site discovered in Inner Mongolia

Inner Mongolia

Archaeologists recently discovered ruins of an 8,000-year old village in Huade County, northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, a local media reported on Thursday. The Simagou site covers an area of 30,000 square meters and consists of 13 round or rounded rectangular pit houses. It reported that more than 1,300 objects, mostly stone axes and stone shovels, were also unearthed. ...

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Group wants Lagos to decentralise planning

Ikeja lagos

The Lagos State Chapter of the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON) has called on the state government to decentralise town planning by involving local governments. ATOPCON President, Mr Olaide Afolabi, made the call in Lagos on Thursday, December 21, 2017 while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Afolabi said that it had become necessary to ...

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Electronic building plan process still cumbersome, says planner

Olaide Afolabi

President of the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON), Mr Olaide Afolabi, on Friday, December 15, 2017 called for an improvement on the electronic method of processing building plan approvals in Lagos State. Afolabi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the electronic approach has yet make an appreciable impact on the process. He said ...

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40 years without electricity, Oyo community cries out

Mini Town Hall

Members of Olorunda community in Oyo State have expressed their displeasure over an apparent neglect by governments at the local, state and federal levels. Residents expressed this concern during a community outreach and needs assessment conducted by Amplify, a civic organisation advocating for development in rural and underserved communities. The outreach to Olorunda community revealed it lacked power supply, poor ...

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Planner urges government to develop new towns in rural areas

Luka Achi

Chairman, Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Mr Salami Adekunle, on Monday, December 11, 2017 called for development of strategically located rural towns to reduce rural-urban migration. Adekunle told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that new towns could play crucial roles in achieving new settlements in a very short time. According to ...

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Severe drought, conflict displaced 32,000 in Somalia in October – UN

Displaced Somalians

About 32,000 people have been displaced by conflict and severe drought ravaging several parts of Somalia in October, the UN humanitarian agency said on Thursday, November 30, 2017. The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its latest bulletin that this is a slight decline in the number of newly displaced people, compared to about 49,000 people ...

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AfDB to support urban transportation system in Abuja, says Adesina


President, African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, says the bank will support urban transportation system in Abuja. He said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in Abuja. According to him, the bank is also working with the Nigerian government to ensure that the Abuja Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system ...

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Leaders endorse ‘Bonn-Fiji Commitment’ to advance sustainable urban development

Ashok Sridharan

Local and regional leaders from around the world signed the Bonn-Fiji Commitment on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the UN Climate Change Conference summit (COP23) in the bid to take further, faster action to deliver the Paris Agreement at all levels of government. With more than half the global population living in cities and expected to approach two thirds by ...

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Cities, communities announce fresh initiatives to coordinate climate action

Joan Clos

Global cities and communities announced new initiatives on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the UN Climate Change Conference to coordinate their many climate action commitments better and deliver bigger, faster results together. Senior delegates at the COP23 Human Settlements Day urged governments also to get more into the finer detail of policy and planning together with them and raise the ambition of ...

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World Town Planning Day: Lagos scored low on urban development, physical planning

Nigerian Institute of Town Planners

Registered town planning practitioners in Lagos have expressed concerns over what they describe as the “occasional mis-governance” in the strategic planning, implementation and sustainability of a robust physical planning and urban development policy for the comfort of human habitation in the state. By this admonitions, the professionals are metaphorically referring to the pains and economic hardship that have been inflicted ...

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