Rule of Law, Physical Planning and Urban Governance in Nigeria: A Panacea to Sustainable Urban Development

8 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2012  

Ganiyu Olalekan Bakare

Rufus Giwa Polytechnic - Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Environmental Studies

Date Written: March 29, 2012

Abstract

Nigeria as a nation is presently being faced with numerous problems emanating from lack of rule of law, so also the challenges of building an enduring and sustainable democracy that has become a hard nut to crack. For a just and fair society to be achieved, it must be built on credible political institutions worthy of sustaining our towns and cities, which must allow democratic values to deepen in such a way that, rule of law and due process will replace rule of force and arbitrariness, that has become so endemic in Nigerian system and refuses to be relegated to the background. However the fledging civilian to civilian rule and urban good governance will depend largely on the extent to which both the leaders and the led are able to operate under the tenet of human rights and due process as opposed to regime of arbitrariness, lawlessness, corruption and graft, that has continue to earns the country a pronounced position in the comity of backward and corrupt nations of the world. This paper intends to chronicle the, relevance and essentials of rule of law to physical planning and urban good governance in Nigeria, basically to ensure strict compliance of rule of law as it affect physical planning in Nigerian towns and cities, while at the same time, ensure that nobody lives above the law, in other to protect the orderly development of the physical environment according to stipulated planning rules and regulations, and how to deal with urban physical planning challenges in future, because continuous successive good governance is a panacea to strengthen the compliance, and enforcement of sustainable physical urban development.

Keywords: Rule of Law, Good Urban Governance, Public Participation, Physical Planning and Sustainable Urban Development

Suggested Citation

Bakare, Ganiyu Olalekan, Rule of Law, Physical Planning and Urban Governance in Nigeria: A Panacea to Sustainable Urban Development (March 29, 2012). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 3, No. 7, pp. 47-54, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2031011

Ganiyu Olalekan Bakare (Contact Author)

Rufus Giwa Polytechnic - Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Environmental Studies ( email )

Rufus Giwa Polytechnic
Owo-Benin Road
Owo, Ondo State KM 46
Nigeria

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