Urban Development In Nigeria

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In the face of the uncontrolled expansion of Nigerian towns and cities since independence, urban planners and other state holders have accepted that development policies for urban and rural areas have failed or have not worked as expected. Cities in Nigeria especially, Ibadan have been observed to have changed in size, spatial organization or morphology, quality and distribution of public services and infrastructure and in it employment base. Despite many efforts aimed at making the urban problems solved through the enactment of plethora of planning laws and regulations, the administration and implementation of these laws and regulation have been problematic especially due to the rapid increases of religious sites (places of worship) such as…show more content…
The city’s total area is 1,190 sq miles (3,080km2). The city is naturally drained by four rivers which have many tributaries i.e. streams flowing into larger lake: Ona River in the north and west, Ogbere River towards the east, Ogunpa flowing through the city and Kudeti River in the central part of Ibadan metropolis. Ogunpa River the third stream has a channel length of 12.76km and a catchment area of 54.92km2. In 1931, less than 7% of Nigerians lived in urban planned centres. Over a period of exactly 30 years (1952-1982), the population in significant Nigerian towns has increased, for example in the city of Ibadan, it rose from 625,000 in 1963 to 2.8 million in 1982. The people were scattered all over Ibadan in areas that are not properly planned or structurally built accordingly. More easily observable is the lack of Islamic principle in rapid urban growth in Ibadan. This study thus examines the historical analysis of urban planning in Ibadan, Nigeria, from 1960 to 2010, with special emphasis on its presumed Islamic connection. The discourse will explore factors that have contributed in shaping and making the land planning of urban settlement, in addition to the influence of local topography, and morphological features of pre-existing cities such as…show more content…
Each of Doi, Adekilekun and Agbetola have given an account in their works of the origin, development and administration of the mosques in the south western-part of Nigeria. Agbetola, in his account, writes that the early Muslims merely chose a clean spot to spread their animal skins, mostly ram, and mats to establish their prayers. Later, a marked off area with fence made sand emerged; “this is the Musallah, the Yoruba Ibadan called it Masalasi”. When the number of Muslims in Ibadan gradually increased, Agbetola wrote: The Masalasi gave way to small permanent structure known as the real Masjid (English: Mosque) because it had structures and a few facilities. The development of simple form of thatched roof hut resting on four or six forked sticks similarly gave way to one supported with mud walls. This was a real building, but with design of open window and door ways of no security... This structure also with time developed into modest architectural design with facilities such as modest minarets. They carried simple designs of Muslim traditional slate (Arabic Lawh) on the roof or minaret as sign for Muslim place of

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