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Ahead Habitat III summit, draft New Urban Agenda emerges

Joan Clos

After months of negotiations, consensus was finally reached over the weekend on the Habitat III outcome document. Indeed, the New Urban Agenda was agreed on at the Habitat III Informal Intergovernmental Meetings which took place at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York from 7 to 10 September. It will be adopted in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016. The ...

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New Regional Master Plan for Ikorodu underway


The upgrade of Ikorodu township, a rapidly expanding settlement in Lagos State, to a contemporary eco-city development is in top gear as the government’s consultant has unveiled a new and ambitious programme to review the city’s spatial dynamics. The coming master plan hopes to cover a period of 20 years from 2016 to 2036. So far, the State’s Ministry of ...

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Dignitaries to grace advocacy planning book launch

Yacoob Abiodun

All roads will next week Tuesday (September 6, 2016) lead to the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) on Victoria Island in Lagos, where dignitaries will gather to honour a veteran town planner, author and planning advocate. Yacoob Abiodun, erstwhile Secretary of the National Housing Policy Council, will not only be launching his second book that day, but also celebrating ...

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Lagos moves against illegal structures in Ikoyi, VI, Lekki

Tunji Bello

The Lagos State Government on Sunday read the riot act to all the owners of illegal structures, shanties, street hawkers and those who have converted walkways into trading points and food courts in Ikoyi, Victoria Island (VI) and the Lagoon Front of Lekki, giving them 14 days’ grace to remove such illegal structures. In a press statement signed by the ...

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NITP: Time to change rebranding tactics


The above acronym stands for Nigerian Institute of Town Planners. It is a professional association that was established in Nigeria in 1966 as an umbrella organisation for those who have attained the requisite academic qualification and certification in the study of Urban Planning (or Town Planning). Urban Planning is a specialised field of study about how a town or city ...

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Smart City Lagos: Necessity of the time (2)

Lagos Marina

In my previous article published in EnviroNews Nigeria edition of Sunday, June 26, 2016, I touched on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Lagos State Government (LASG) and Smart City Dubai for the creation of Africa’s first smart city, Smart City Lagos. Some issues of concern were discussed, which included location, state of preparedness by the LASG, pattern ...

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Smart City Lagos: Necessity of the time

Smart City Dubai

Once again, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State is blazing the trail. Recent report in Environews Nigeria including other local Nigerian daily newspapers gave prominence to the news item concerning the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Lagos State Government and Dubai authority (represented by Smart City Dubai, a company) for the creation of Africa’s first smart city, the Smart ...

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Cities commit to combating emissions

Rotterdam deluxe

Through bold climate commitments, 228 cities around the world are taking the lead on climate action Over 200 cities have set greenhouse gas reduction goals or targets. Action in these cities, which represent a combined population of 439 million people, could propel countries to meet their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) – the national greenhouse gas reduction pledges embodied in ...

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Nigeria’s housing crisis: Fact and fallacy


The arresting headline in the June 3, 2016 edition of EnviroNews titled “Housing crisis looms with 17 million deficit,” must have scared the hell out of readers, nay other compatriots at this time when Nigeria is fighting so many wars both declared or undeclared. From Boko Haram to the Niger Delta Avengers coupled with the problems of corruption, kidnapping, economic ...

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Housing crisis looms with 17 million deficit


President Muhammadu Buhari has raised an alarm over the housing crisis that is staring Nigeria in the face with housing deficit of 17 million. He made it clear that the country requires one million houses annually to be able to weather the storm of the housing challenge. The President who spoke through the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), ...

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