Research Papers/Topics in Geography and Regional Planning

Building Regulations and The Development of Unauthorized Structures in Urban Ghana: A Case Study of the Tema Metropolis

ABSTRACT The development of unauthorized structures has become one of the threatening problems associated with urbanization in developing countries. Multiple factors including institutional, socio-economic, political, physical and cultural contribute to this situation. The most dominant factor to deal with is institutional challenges which included the undue delays in the issuing of building permits, inability of the mandated institutions to effectively monitor and control on-going projects ...

Assessment Of Household Water Accessibility In Eastern Kogi State Of Nigeria

ABSTRACT The suitability and sustainability of any human settlement for economic development is strongly linked to the level of serviceability and livability. Settlement serviceability and livability is infrastructure-based and water services function, as a basic amenity. This is due to the nature of the benefits of access to water 1'Yhich has multiplier effects. It is going critical to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. This significance notwithstanding, about 25% of the wo...

Analysis of Agroforestry Practices in Katsina State, Nigeria

ABSTRACT The study investigated agroforestry farming among some international organizations, the Nigerian Government, Kastina State Government, and farmers in Katsina State. The aim of the study was to provide baseline information on agroforestry practices in Kastina State. The practices undertaken by these bodies include the establishment of shelterbelts, windbreaks, and woodlots, others were reforestation/plantation establishment, trees on farmland, home gardens, and street planting. These...

"An Assessment of Water Quality: The Case of Millennium Development Goals (Mdg's) Boreholes in Kuje Area Council, Abuja Nigeria.

ABSTRACT This study assessed water quality of MDG's boreholes in Kuje Area Council Abuja with a view to determine its suitability for human consumption, to achieve this, the study embarked on (i) identification of MDGs Boreholes, (ii)physic-biological characteristics and heavy metal concentration of water samples, determination of the quality of the boreholes water samples, (iii) comparison of result obtained in (2) above with WHO Drinking Water Standard, in the study area and value obtained...

An Assessment of Malaria Risk Factors in Parts of Kogi State, North Central Nigeria.

ABSTRACT  At present, there is a significant lack of knowledge of the complex interactions between human, socio-economic structures, the environment and pattern of malaria infections in urban centers. The central aim is to compare the influence of socio-economic variables and environmental variables on the incidence of malaria in Lokoja and Anyigba from the year 2001 to 2010. Remote sensing and GIS techniques were employed to determine the environmental parameters that results in the mod...

Perception of Crime and Women’s Safety in Urban Low-income Communities: A Case Study of Nima, Accra

ABSTRACT  The increasing nature of crime and violence in many cities threatens the security and safety of many residents, particularly vulnerable groups such as women which has however received less academic attention from researchers and scholars from developing countries. The principal aim of the study was to assess women’s perception of crime and safety in an urban low-income community with particular focus on three selected public spaces: marketplace; transport terminal; and public...

Water Resource Management in Ghana-The Case of the Ekumfi District

ABSTRACT  Worldwide, safe and reliable water supply has become an increasingly essential element of development programmes designed to sustain human life. The Ekumfi district like many parts of Ghana faces water related stresses such as pollution, deforestation especially around water bodies, and low quantity of pipe-borne water supply among other issues. Problems of this nature have often been attributed to weak institutional roles of institutions in charge of water resource management....

An Assessment Of Malaria Risk Factors In Parts Of Kogi State, North Central Nigeria.

ABSTRACT At present, there is a significant lack of knowledge of the complex interactions between human, socio-economic structures, the environment and pattern of malaria infections in urban centres. The central aim is to compare the influence of socio-economic variables and environmental variables on the incidence of malaria in Lokoja and Anyigba from the year 2001 to 2010. Remote sensing and GIS techniques were employed to determine the environmental parameters that results in the...

AN ASSESSMENT OF THE RAINFALL AND TEMPERATURE VARIATIONS IN PARTS OF NORTHERN NIGERIA

Abstract The aim of the study is the assessment of rainfall and temperature variations in parts of Northern Nigeria. To achieve the aim, the study set out the following objectives (i) to determine variations in rainfall characteristics in terms of number of rain days, extreme rainfall amounts, variability and ranges; (ii) to determine variations in maximum, minimum and mean temperature patterns  and using the time series to determine any trend in the change, (upward or downward) (ii...

Enhancing Neighborhood Protection In OAU Staff Quarters Using GIS

Over the years, securing neighborhoods has been a major challenge globally. This study characterized the type and location of security problems and examined the prospects of geospatial infrastructure to enhance neighborhood security in the study area. Results showed that crimes ranging from burglary, armed robbery, loitering to fighting were witnessed within the study area. Most of these (30.03%) occurred along the Road 17 and Road 7 axis of the Zone VI Security Unit, while the least proporti...

A Spatio-Temporal Analysis Of The Incidence Of Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia) In The Dangme East And South Tongu Districts In The Lower Volta Basin

ABSTRACT The study examines the spatio-temporal incidence of shistosomiasis the Dangme East and South Tongu districts of Ghana. It also examines the perceptions of the local people about the disease and discusses the preventive measures and coping strategies adopted. The Triangle of Human Ecology Model was the main theoretical framework employed for the analysis, while a questionnaire survey and in-depth interviews were used to collect data. The study shows that the incidence of sc...

A Comparative Study Of Urban Poverty Among Migrants And Indigenes In The Communities Of Chorkor And Old Fadama, Accra

ABSTRACT Migrants and Indigenes in big cities tend to suffer similarly from marginalization. However, the mechanism that induce poverty among the two groups are not the same. Urban communities are heterogeneous with different poverty patterns and dynamics. Accra, the capital city of Ghana is no exception. The phenomenon has led to the emergence of slums in the capital. The urban poor live a life of insecurity and suffer basic social deprivations. This work takes a comparative study appr...

Peace And Conflict Impact Assessment Of The Niger Delta Development Commission’s Inter-Ventions In Odi, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

ABSTRACTDevelopment interventions are aimed at promoting positive change, but they can equally have negative impact, especially in conflict-prone contexts. Whereas existing studies on Odi and the Niger Delta at large mainly focused on the history, environ-ment, culture, conflict and security situations, the peace and conflict impact of Nige-rian government‘s socio-economic interventions in the area have not been fully ex-plored. This study, therefore, assessed the Niger Delta Development Co...

The Socio-Economic And Environmental Challenges Of The Emerging Slums Settlements In The Federal Capital City, Phase Ii Abuja, Nigeria.

ABSTRACTThe thesis examined the socio-economic and environmental challenges of the emerging slums settlements inthe Federal Capital City, Phase II Abuja (the study area). The study identified the failure of the authorities toprovide adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services for the teeming population of the studyarea as a fundamental factor responsible for the emergence and development of slums in the study area. Thestudy assessed the socio-economic characteristics of residents...

Spatial Analysis Of Child Labour In The Federal Capital City Abuja

ABSTRACTIn recent yea •s1bour has attracted people's attention in social issues,developr.iental pes and of course research works. Like other cities of theDeveloping v..10 r labour activities are increasingly becoming social anddevelopmental sin the Federal Capital City. The study was aimed atanalyzing the c!-r situation in selected locations of the city vvith specificobjectives o-f c and analyzing the demographic and socio-economiccharacteristics oJourers, their spatial origins, the activit...


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