n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Substantive causes and effects of floods in south western Nigeria and sustainable development of the cities and towns

Volume 3, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Recent floods and consequences all over the world are becoming too frequent and threat to sustainable development in human settlements. The objective of this study is to examine the substantive causes and selected effects of floods in south western Nigeria with a view to indentify solutions for sustainable development. The work is limited to the cities and towns of the region. Read literature on floods. Flood occurrences and effects in major cities and towns of the region were observed and studied for thirty years. Living habits of the urbanites were studied. 6 monarchs and 240 other urban dwellers were interviewed. Documentaries on radio and televisions were listened to and used. Records of physical planning were perused in the Ministries of Physical Planning and Environment/Infrastructure in the states of the region. No city or town of the south western Nigeria is absolutely free from floods in any year. The number of occurrences, magnitudes, affected areas and adverse socio-economic consequences have been increasing over the years. Living habits of the urban dwellers, urban policies and programmes, government concerns and others have been unsustainable. There must be pragmatic physical planning and sustainable living habit of the urbanites. Otherwise, with global warming, the effects of floods in the region may be more grievous.

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