Publications and Abstract of Research

Urban and Regional Planning (2017-2018)

List of 2017-2018 Publications and Abstract of Research from Urban and Regional Planning Department

School of Environmental Science

S/NAuthor's Name & year of publicationTitle of workAbstractJournal NameJournal Vol./Number
23Kalu, A.O.;Nnachi, U, Mbakwe, E.2018 Appraisal of existing water distribution problems and its implication on the social life of Umunneochi LGA Due to the unavailability of clean water sources and its distribution problem , most of the inhabitants of Umunneochi LGA are threaten with the spread of diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera and this has led to the degenerating situation of communities in Umunneochi LGA. Through this research the problem of existing water distribution and its implications to the life of the people, the number of boreholes and their locations, other sources of water natural streams were identified through using purposive data collection sampling methods in the study area. This research involved the use of both primary and secondary data to achieve a thorough assessment of the problems of the poor water distribution and its implications in social life of communities sampled in the study area. It was discovered that the problems of poor water distribution and its implications in social life of the Umunneochi people are that, often leave most women and children on queues for several hours and those that cannot endure are forced to travel long miles in search of alternative source of water, which may not be fit for drinking and most common waterborne disease in the Ummunneochi LGA is typhoid disease due to bad water. Journal Of The Nigerian Institute Of Architects Abia State Chapter (J-NIAABSC) Vol. 1, NO. 2., pp 111-132
24Kalu, A.O, Egbu, A.U., Alozie M.C., and Oti, U.C. 2017 Proposed model for predicting quantity of government low-income housing provision and allocation for South Eastern states, Nigeria. Housing which is one of the essential ingredients in the existence of man and his survival on earth is being compromised to a miserable instance. One of the reasons for this is the inability of government agents to provide sufficiently for the need of the different categories that desired to be accommodated properly. Low-class individuals are mostly the vulnerable class and are exposed optimally to hardship. This is prevalence in Southeastern Nigeria. The government needs a framework and platform that will adequately help to monitor and curtail this menace. The aim of this study was to develop a model to predict the quantity of low-income housing provision for the south-east states of Nigeria. To achieve this aim, eight low-Income Housing Estates (LIHES) were selected from 23 LIHEs residents, landlords and officials of the housing corporations of the South Eastern States of Nigeria – Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo. Parameters used for the model consist of the employment status, household income, household status, household type, plot size, room size and number of years in waiting list etc. Thus, Ak = Hk + Sk + Ek Where: Ak = Total allocation of government low-income housing k = the number of months/years in a waiting list and runs from Hk = Household size, dependence and household income Sk = plot size , house type and room size Ek = Employment status. The model posits to the reality of employment status as major determinants for GLIH allocation in South East States of Nigeria and supports GH agencies to seasonally reviewing the GLIH allocation policy in the South East States of Nigeria and beyond. Sky Journal of soil Science and Environmental Management Vol.6 (5), pp. 065-071
25Umunakwe Henry, C. , Azubuine, C.E. and Kalu Abarikwu , O. 2018 Analysis of urban open space ecology in the perception of social fitness and comfort This study aimed at examining the influence of urban open spaces in facilitating the social fitness and comfort of urban dwellers in their quest to recreate. To achieve this, measures contemporary articles, published on biodiversity ad other open space perceptions significant to urban ecological restoration and conservation, were investigated. The researchers conducted a wide range of assessment of existing literature to ascertain forms of urban open space and social fitness and comfort features, and employ a study charting format to identify various priorities and gaps. The researchers thus established a more detailed analysis of designated studies that engage various and advanced approaches to ascertain further ecological phases of urban open space and then appraise the usefulness of these methods in evolving urban restoration concepts and performances influencing both man and his environment. Journal of Physical Science and Environmental Studies Vol. 4 (1), pp. xx-xx
26Obialor, Kalu O., Alozie, Micheal C., Oti, Christain U. and Peter, Chibuike C.2017 Urban planning problems in Onitsha Anambra State, Nigeria. This study investigated the factors that led to 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 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 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 I Onitsha to include proper articulation and implementation of planning policies and programmes to address the future influx of people in Onitsha urban. Sky Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management Vol.6 (4), pp. 053-058.
27Umunakwe henry, C., Abarikwu Kalu, O and Azubuine , C.E. 2018 Analysis of Urban Land-use Pattern and Spatial Changes in Nsukka, Enugu State, and South-Eastern Nigeria. There have been noticeable changes in urban land use development in Enugu State, Nigeria. Their changes have been prominent in core urban areas of Enugu and Nsukka among others. These changes occur in isolation; their factors influencing such changes. In this study, remote sensing and geographic overcrowding and encroachments on land use, especially open spaces meant for recreational activities. Similarly, landmass reserved for agriculture and recreation has been steadily infringed. Therefore, effort should be made to information system (GIS) were used to examine an urban land cover change in Nsukka. Enugu State for being compacted with the built-up area with negative implications like check the rate of deforestation or at least moderate the rate at which urban forestry is fast being deforested using of buffers. Otherwise, there will be a death or urban forestry in the next 20 years. Journal of Physical Science and Environmental Studies Vol. 4 (1), pp. 1-9

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