This report represents the first stage of the research under Theme D of
the Urbanisation Research Nigeria programme. It is based on a desk study
by Nigerian and UK-based researchers and analysis of the results from a
semi-structured interview survey of stakeholders in the six Nigerian
The report examines the drivers and barriers to change within the
Nigerian urban land management, planning, and governance situation.
These are covered under the following sections:
1. Urban land, planning and governance regimes: An understanding of the
historical factors which underpin Nigeria’s urban land administration,
planning and governance system, and the current arrangements under the
system including its challenges;
2. Urban development systems: Formal and informal urban development
processes and outcomes as they exist and function in Nigeria, their
strengths and weaknesses and recent urban development and management
3. The perspectives of urban stakeholders. A discussion of views of key
urban sector stakeholders’ from six Nigerian cities, in the context of
the literature and recent initiatives and developments within the
4. Conclusion: Contribution to policy debates and directions for future
The interview schedule is included as an annex.
Lamond, J.; Awuah, B.K.; Lewis, E.; Bloch, R.; Falade, B.J. Urban land, planning and governance systems in Nigeria. Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) Research Report. ICF International, London, UK (2015) i + 49 pp.
Urban land, planning and governance systems in Nigeria. Urbanisation Research Nigeria (URN) Research Report