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Kano to spend N500m as counterpart funding for erosion project

Ali Makoda

The Kano State Government said it would spend N500 million in 2018 as counterpart funding for the World Bank’s Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in the state. The World Bank project is aimed at controlling gully erosion in Nigeria. The state’s Commissioner for Environment, Dr Ali Makoda, made this known at the opening of a five-day in-house procurement meeting in ...

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Jury begins evaluation for 11th Cycle of Dubai International Award


A five-member jury drawn by the Dubai Award Secretariat as well as the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) on Monday, January 15, 2018 began the evaluation process for the 11th cycle of the Dubai International Award for Best Practices. The Jury will select a final 10 winners from the 110 projects which qualified to this stage from the Technical Advisory Committee ...

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Climate risks increase as cities become more concentrated – World Bank

traffic congestion

Over 50% of the world population lives in cities. By 2045, the world’s urban population will increase by 1.5 times to six billion. City leaders, says the World Bank, must move quickly to plan for growth and provide the basic services, infrastructure, and affordable housing their expanding populations need Globally, 54% of the population lives in urban areas today, and ...

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Women-only parking spaces spark controversy in China

woman parking

A women-only, extra-wide parking spaces appears to have sparked debate on sexism on social media in China. The parking spots at the Jiande and Tonglu highway service areas in east China’s Zhejiang Province are 1.5 times the size of normal spaces, with the color and icon indicating “women only.” “It’s significantly larger, and I find it a very considerate design,” ...

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Town planning consultant calls for building audit in Lagos

Luka Achi

A town planning consultant, Mr Makinde Ogunleye, has called for a comprehensive auditing of all new and old buildings in Lagos State to curb the menace of incessant building collapse. Ogunleye, a former Chairman, Nigeria Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Lagos State Chapter, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, January 5, ...

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Planning practitioners tasked on quality service delivery

Olaide Afolabi

The Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON) has urged practitioners to strive to provide quality service to clients to sustain the enviable position of town planning practice in the society. The President of the association, Mr Olaide Afolabi, gave the charge while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, January 4, 2018 in Lagos. Afolabi ...

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Malaysian urban planner, Sharif, replaces Clos as UN-Habitat boss

Maimunah Mohd Sharif

Following nomination by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, the General Assembly on December 22, 2017 elected Maimunah Mohd Sharif of Malaysia as Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). She succeeds Joan Clos of Spain to whom the Secretary-General says he is grateful for his dedicated service to the organisation. Dr. Clos led UN-Habitat during the pivotal ...

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Lagos Assembly reviews Land Use Charge Law

Mudashiru Obasa

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday, December 28, 2017 moved to increase the state government revenue by reviewing the current Land Use Charge in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the House read for the second time “A Bill for A Law To Repeal The Land Use Charge Law 2001 and Enact Land Use ...

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World Resilient Cities: Authorities puzzled over alleged delisting of Enugu


The alleged delisting of Enugu, the capital of Enugu State, as one of the 100 resilient cities of the world by the Rockefeller Foundation has generated reactions from some officials of the Enugu State Government. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Foundation, in its second cohort of participating metropolitan members, admitted Enugu city in 2014. The status placed ...

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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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