Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso will from May 18 to 20 hold an International Conference on Urbanization. This is contained in a statement signed by the institution’s Head of Urban and Regional Planning Department, Dr. Musbau Jeleel, and made available to journalists in Ogbomoso during the week. It said that the conference with the theme “Cities and Informal Urbanization” would serve as an attempt at addressing the issue particularly when the third UN Conference (Habitat III) would come up in 2016.
It attributed the problems of environmental management, urban pollution, poor sanitation, inadequate and substandard housing, inefficient transportation systems, over stressed infrastructure, urban crimes to uncontrolled informal urbanization. It noted that the increasing human population and its attendant increasing urbanization level had devastating effects in developing economies than in the developed world.
The statement added that it was because of the problem that the UN-habitat established network, Habitat University Network Initiative (UNI), prioritized informal urbanization as one of its thematic areas, informing the conference. The conference, which would be attended by participants drawn worldwide would discuss the definition, scope and issues surrounding informal urbanization in Africa, its growth and development. Also among are informality and cities’ transportation systems, informality and urban crime, urban crime, poverty and socio-cultural correlates of informality, challenges of informal urbanization in African countries and information technology.
It said that the conference would also discuss housing development in Africa, land use, property legislation and urban informal sector to climate change. The statement added that a communiqué would be presented after the conference and there will be Ph.D colloquial sessions for the appraisal of PhD students’ research works related to the theme of the conference by participants.