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Title: Law and administration in urban development : with special reference to capital development authorities in Nigeria and Tanzania
Author: Lawal, Hassan
ISNI:       0000 0001 3605 8317
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1984
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The principal aim of this thesis is to undertake a critical examination of the role of law and lawyers in urban planning and development. Its main focus is on two urban Development Corporations that are currently engaged in the planning and development of new capital cities in Nigeria and Tanzania. This research is intended to identify what impact these development corporations make in the mobilization and use of scarce resources, the provision of basic social services, overall urban administration and the role of lawyers and the legal profession in the process. The first chapter provides a theoretical foundation to some of the more practical issues to be discussed in the chapters ahead. The current problems of urbanization and their socio-economic, political and legal effects on urban centres are discussed in chapter two. Land tenure and land acquisition for urban development are discussed in chapter three. Chapters four, five and six represent the two case-studies undertaken in this thesis. Both case-studies start by highlighting facts and figures as regards the historical background of Lagos and Dar es Salaam as capital cities, why they were eventually rejected and the creation of new urban development corporations to plan, build and manage Abuja and Dodoma as the new capital cities of Nigeria and Tanzania respectively. These two case-studies give a critical analysis of the statutes creating these development corporations highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. It is suggested in the conclusion that every scheme of urban development requires basic legal and administrative framework. This can only be possible by involving lawyers at the beginning and in the course of urban planning and development. Also, it is submitted that, in addition to sound legal and administrative framework, there should be less political interference with the management of urban development corporations if positive results are to be achieved. It is concluded that, given the right political atmosphere and provided that sound legal and administrative framework is provided urban development corporations can be agents of economic development and national integration.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: KR Africa