Traffic Management Concept of Sustainable City Development in Nigeria

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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume V, Issue VII, July 2021 | ISSN 2454–6186

Traffic Management Concept of Sustainable City Development in Nigeria

Solomon Oisasoje Ayo-Odifiri1*, Aruna Osigbemhe Alasa2, Ngbede Ogoh3, Obafemi Tijjsheg Obajina4, Rosemary Chinonye Emeana5
1,5Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria
2Physical Planning Department, Auchi Polytechnic Auchi, Nigeria
3National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Kaduna, Nigeria
4Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Auchi Polytechnic Auchi, Nigeria

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Abstract: Astonishing urban expansion has resulted in a slew of attendant urban hazards, including climate change, road traffic congestion, housing shortage, unpleasant aesthetic qualities, infrastructure deterioration, and waste disposal issues. A city is not only a location to dwell, it is also a place for experience and action as well as for everyday commuting, leisure, and physical expression. Thus, the mobility of commodities and services is critical for sustainable urban activities, interaction, and liveability; a fact that urban planners and architects have taken note of. As with human arteries, transportation is the lifeblood of a city, and its failure could result in the ineffectiveness of other sectors. The management of road and traffic networks that link and influence urban fabric has been inadequately addressed, thereby causing unparalleled urban deterioration. Lax enforcement of current environmental regulations, insufficient public engagement, and conflicting professional obligations in urban planning are evident causative elements contributing to Nigeria’s unsustainable urban expansion. Others include inadequate implementation and revision of the urban master plan and the absence of acceptable transportation policies. This paper discusses sustainable city development in Nigeria through the use of traffic management strategies. Relevant information on traffic management, sustainability, and City development was sourced from Scopus, Google Scholar, Academia, and MPDI databases to underpin the literature for this research. This study advocated the establishment of a mobile environmental tribunal, adoption of mobility policies, resilient city master plans, and public education on physical and infrastructural development.

Keywords: City Development, Urban Planner, Sustainability, Traffic Management, Urbanisation


Unceasing migration of people to urban centres and the resulting rapid change in the built environment need the immediate attention of all experts in the construction industry. Specifically, architects and city planners are cultured in the knowledge, competence, and accountability associated with planning, design, construction, and management that result in the built environment. As the city expands at an exceptional rate, forces of change are released on a variety of fronts including demographic, environmental, and socio-economic and political forces. The city is more than a place to dwell; it is a place of experience and activity with spaces dedicated to daily commuting, leisure, physical engagement, and expression. This contribution imposes special expectations