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UN prepares Structure Plans for nine Osun cities

Diverse stakeholder groups  including community associations, trade groups and government officials last week began the validation of Urban Profiles prepared in nine cities in the State of Osun, under a N100 million Structure Plans Project funded by the state government in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). The Osun Structure Plans Project, which kicked off in July ...

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Should fallen tree that killed 40 be destroyed?

If officials of the Department of Forestry in the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment in Imo State, Nigeria, were to have their way, the ancient tree that fell and killed up to 40 persons last week would be cut into pieces. Ministry officials have indicated the intention of engaging the services of lumber jacks to destroy the 300-year-old tree that was uprooted when a ...

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Lokoja, others partner UN-Habitat on City Resilience Profiling Programme

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has announced plans to partner with Lokoja in Nigeria and nine other cities for its City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP). Working through partnerships with stakeholders including international agencies such as UNISDR, academic and research institutes, private sector actors, and NGOs, the CRPP will develop a comprehensive and integrated urban planning and management approach ...

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FG, Ondo commit $5m to UN-Habitat partnerships

The 24th Governing Council Meeting of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) ended at the weekend in Nairobi Kenya, with the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Government of Ondo State, Nigeria, announcing contributions totaling $5 million to boost the work of the global city agency. The contribution comprises $3 million through the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing ...

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Living under the shadows of death

Due to the untidy and environmentally-unfriendly nature of mechanic villages – they are said to arbitrarily dispose discarded auto parts and waste oil – the authorities feel they deface the cityscape. But the idea of gathering automobile servicing technicians at specified locations has considerably contributed to the eradication of roadside practice. In the 1980s, Oladipo Diya, then Governor of Ogun ...

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Megachurches and environmental concerns

A nationwide economic downturn that emerged over a decade ago – and appears to persist even as we speak – spelt a depression in the manufacturing sector, and forcing a considerable number of industrialists out of business. Some relocated to neighbouring West African countries. Worsened by the trademark erratic power supply, more industrial spaces became vacant, leading to a glut ...

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Barriers to through traffic in Lagos

Lagos. What a place! With a population of over 20 million people, the bustling city remains the centre of attraction to not only Nigerians but also to West Africans. It holds about 12 percent of country’s 167 million people. Despite its rather limited landmass, the city for several decades served as the administrative capital for the Federal and Lagos State ...

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UNDP builds ‘sustainable’ floating school in Makoko

As a way of improving the quality of education in a sustainable way, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is constructing a group of floating schools in Makoko coastal community of Lagos. The school, whose prototype design was unveiled during a ceremony a week ago, is a two-storey building standing on silt and would be powered by solar energy. Country ...

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Post-2015 MDGs amid housing, urban development outlook

With less than two years to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline in 2015, the United Nations, state parties and partners have been collaborating towards the development of a successor framework, taking into consideration lessons from the MDGs and the present development realities. Consequently, Nigeria a week ago in Abuja hosted a round of National and Thematic Consultations, apparently to ...

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Community participation as a way out for Makoko

Makoko is a slum settlement that is home to fishermen and other low income earners, which the authorities see as a blot on the cityscape, one that would have to go if Lagos is to attain its much-vaunted mega city status. Last July, government agents moved in to demolish portions of the sprawling lagoon slum, amid claims that the residents ...

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