Sky Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management Vol. 6(4), pp. 053-058, May, 2017. Available online
ISSN 2315-8794 ©2017 Sky Journals


Full Length Research Paper


Urban planning problems in Onitsha Anambra State, Nigeria


Obialor, Kalu O.1, Alozie, Michael C.2, Oti, Christian U.3 and Peter, Chibuike C.4

1Abia State University, Uturu, Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
2Abia State University, Uturu, Department of Geography and Planning.
3Abia State University, Uturu, Department of Architecture.
4Abia State University, Uturu, Department of Environmental Resource Management.

*Corresponding author. E-mail:  Tel.:+2348168331533, +2348073254374.



Accepted  8 May, 2017




This study investigated the factors that lead to the rapid urbanization of Onitsha which is one of the urban centres in Nigeria, the constraints to effective provision of urban amenities, and the causes of poor urban planning. The findings showed that the presence of substantial social infrastructure in Onitsha has been the major factor that engendered its urbanization. It also revealed that there is rapid urbanization in relation to effective plans to provide adequate urban infrastructure to service this trend. Furthermore, there is a strong correlation between lack of good population projection, inaccurate census data and poor urban planning in Onitsha. Hence, these engender the bad effects of urbanization. The study calls for a revision of the existing planning practice to take into account the growth in the urban area, and the consequent increase in the demand for urban infrastructural services. It gave suggestions on ways to improve urban planning in Onitsha to include proper articulation and implementation of planning policies and programmes to address future influx of people in Onitsha urban. 

Key words: Rapid urbanization, Onitsha, constraints, urban amenities, substantial social infrastructure, population projection, influx of people.


Full Text pdf (140KB)