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National Urban Development Policy and the Unanswered Development Question of Slum in Nigeria

Salisu Ojonemi PAUL

Salisu Ojonemi PAUL 1

  1. Department of Public Administration and Local Government Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. 1

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Pages: 102-115

DOI: 10.18488/journal.74.2019.62.102.115

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Received: 18 July, 2019
Revised: 22 August, 2019
Accepted: 27 September, 2019
Published: 06 November, 2019


Urbanization itself is not a curse if positively managed. This is due to the current fact that there is a fundamental debate that the mobilization of human resources is critical and unavoidable for the political, socio-economic and technological transformation of any nation. Though successive governments in Nigeria have initiated the National Urban Development Policy however, the reverse is the case because the swelled urban towns and cities’ government have not made decisive efforts to meet the development demands of the city overflow which is referred to as “urban slum” that has created a sharp gap between the urban wealthy and urban poor. This paper, therefore, adopted the content analysis and Poverty-Focused Intervention Approach to analyze its major arguments. Hence, through primary and secondary data, the study presented some findings and recommendations. The research concluded with campaigns for efficient, inclusive and sustainable development of all settings of the urban sector in Nigeria.
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes to the existing literature by the pictorial exposition of the absence of impactful implementation of National Urban Development Policy in Nigeria resulting in –perpetual overcrowding, poor environmental management, inadequate critical infrastructure, poor supervision and abandonment of development projects, and the explosion of road-side-marketing by the slum occupants.


Development, Marginalisation, Policy Structure, Poverty, Slum, Urbanization.



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The research was not funded by any organisation but was individually supported by Mrs. Raliat Abeke Jegede and Aunty Omii Ebele Nwankwo both of the Training School,Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Ikeja-Lagos, Nigeria.

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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