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Alloh, B O (2014) The application of planning law for environmental protection and improvement in Nigeria. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 603–9.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: enforcement; improvement; planning; protection
- ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-8-3
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2014-0603-0609_Alloh.pdf
The problem of environmental protection in Nigeria when the provisions of planning laws are not complied with in the construction and management of buildings in Nigeria was examined in this research. The papers also examines different state planning laws as well as judicial authorities while advocating the creation of new towns, effective zoning, as well as the provision for enhancing sanitary conditions of the environment. The researchers adopted the doctrinal and non-doctrinal research methods. Materials were gathered from primary and secondary sources. Thus published text (both local and foreign), Journals, law reports (foreign and indigenous) and laws dealing with the subject matter where rely upon. Materials from the town planning offices in Nigeria were used. Officials of the town planning offices, construction engineers as well as lawyers were personally contacted and interviewed when carrying out this research. The objective of this paper is to examine the provisions of planning laws that relates to the construction and management of buildings and to make planning laws an issue of concern to bring about its application in the construction and management of buildings for environmental protection and improvement in Nigerian. The paper explains that the protection and improvement of the environment is important to the present as well as the future generations. Thus, while constructing houses within the environment for development purposes, the provisions of planning laws must be strictly complied with, in order to maintain a balance between the development and protection of the environment. The paper explains further that the need for development has led to the construction of structures without clearly defined patterns. This has led to the development of slums which are the reflection of lack of master plan for such an area or the ineffectiveness of relevant authority in enforcing the existing planning laws. Thus this paper concludes that a proper and effective enforcement of planning laws remains the key to environmental protection and improvement in Nigeria.