The most challenging national issues in the majority of countries in the Global South is the provision of infrastructure by the government. The condition of millions of people in the developing countries has not be alleviated in terms of infrastructure development (UN-HABITAT, 2010). Unfortunately, the marginalised victims are the poor in the society and the low-income earners. As a result of the population drift to the cities, the effect is degrading to the environment and degenerating of the society in the area of health and well -being at an obvious level.

Nigeria’s population is currently estimated to be around 200 million. Cities such as Lagos, Port- Harcourt, and Kano are influenced by economic, social, and environmental activities. Most cities in Nigeria are contending with overstretched and poor infrastructure development and services. The low-income earners and the poor are marginalised without the ‘right to the city’ or owned properties are living in substandard housing in Peri-urban settlements in slums without adequate and basic infrastructure e.g., housing and services e.g., electricity. 

The workshop will examine diverse factors that are responsible for the development of Peri-urban settlement, government policies on infrastructure provisions and the effect to the quality of life, and what can be done to counter the proliferation in Nigeria. 


Prof Ibidun O. Adelekan is a geographer by training with over 25 years’ experience as an academic conducting climate research, and research for development in the fields of climate and society, human dimensions of global environmental change including vulnerability/resilience of human-environment systems to climate change, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in cities. She is a Coordinating Lead Author- Africa Chapter of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report WG II- Climate Change 2021: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. She is also a member of the EU-AU High Level Policy Dialogue Expert Working Group on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy, and also member, Steering Committee, International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Global Understanding (2017-Date).


9.15 AM – 2.30 PM UK TIME

9.15 AM – 2.30 PM NIGERIA TIME

UK TimeSouth Africa TimeProgrammePresentations topics
9.15-9.30 AM 9.15-9.30 AM Registration
9.30-9.45 AM 9.30-9.45 AM Part 1 Introduction
9.45-10.15 AM 9.45-10.15 AM Keynote by Prof Alison Todes, University of Witwatersand, South AfricaThe Diversity of Urban Peripheries in South Africa
10.15-10.45 AM 10.15-10.45 AM Keynote by Prof Ibidun O. Adelekan, University of Ibadan Ibadan, NigeriaPeri-urban development and urban resilience in Nigeria
10.45-10.55 AM 10.45-10.55 AM Q & A
10.55-11.05 AM 10.55-11.05 AM Presentation 1 by Popoola Kehinde Olayinka,  Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, NigeriaBorder migration, security and perception of safety in rural border communities of south-western Nigeria
11.05-11.15 AM 11.05-11.15 AM Presentation 2 by Ossai Onyinyechi Gift, Department of Geography, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu StateLand use dynamics and quality of life of residents in Nsukka Peri-urban area, Enugu’
11.15-11.25 AM 11.15-11.25 AM Presentation 3 by Dr. Funmilayo Mokunfayo Adedire, Department of Architecture, Lead City University, IbadanThe nexus between community and spatial resilience in Lagos-Ogun periphery
11.25-11.35 AM 11.25-11.35 AM BREAK
11.35-11.45 AM 11.35-11.45 AM Presentation 4 by Dr. Victor Udemezue Onyebueke, Department of Urban & Regional Planning , University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
Peri-urban governance and challenges: prospects of planning the unplannable in Nigeria
11.45-11.55 AM 11.45-11.55 AM Presentation 5 by Adaku Echendu, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, CanadaFlooding and urban planning in Nigeria: insights from Planners in Port Harcourt
11.55 AM-12.05 PM 11.55 AM-12.05 PM Q & A
12.05-12.50 PM 12.05-12.50 PM LUNCH BREAK
12.50-1.00 PM 12.50-1.00 PM Part 2 Introduction
1.00-1.30 PM 1.00-1.30 PM Breakout Room Activity 1
1.30-1.40 PM 1.30-1.40 PM Discussion
1.40-2.10 PM 1.40-2.10 PM Breakout Room Activity 2
2.10-2.30 PM 2.10-2.30 PM Discussion and Conclusion

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