changing phases of development and the demand on space require an
articulate physical planning ideals, hitherto used to be the monopoly of
developed countries are now being disseminated by Nigerian Higher
Institutions but with its attendant problems and prospects. Despite an
avalanche of training grounds for Town Planners, the country still
experiences shortage of planning professionals and technicians. The Town
and Regional Planning as a course was introduced into the Yaba College
of Technology in the 1972/73 academic session. It started as a two-year
full time programme leading to the award of the Ordinary Diploma.
programme which at inception was a section of the Department of Civil
Engineering and Environmental Studies became in 1980 a full fledged
department in the School of Environmental Studies. The department in
addition to the National Diploma programme commenced in 1978 the Higher
National Diploma programme, and in 1989, aimed at training
professional Town Planner, the Post-Diploma Professional programme in
Town Planning was introduced at the Department. Enrolment of students
has increased from about 20 in 1972, to 150 in 1995, and 380 in 2009.
There has also been a corresponding increase in the number of lecturers
over the years. The total number of staff in the department stands at
the administration of the school, 2 members of the department had
served as Director’s having won popular elections and furthermore,
another senior member of staff of the department has served as Dean,
student affairs and subsequently, the Rector of the College between 1992
and 1999. Currently, the Deputy Rector (Academic) of the College is a
member of staff of the Department.
National Technical Board for Education (NBTE) Syllabus has just been
reviewed to accommodate the recent state of the art and science, and new
developments in the ever dynamic planning world. Indeed, the ND and HND
programmes have NBTE accreditation till 2014. To season our students,
ND final year students are made to write a terminal term paper, while
the Post- Diploma and HND final year students are required to solve a
practical problem and prepare a dissertation under the supervision of a
students at all levels receive class instructions in a 2 – semester
year session which is complemented by a well supervised industrial
attachment usually during the first year break at the ND level. During
this period, they gain practical experience from various Town Planning
Departments, both in the public and private sectors. A proportionate
number of staff members liaise with the host consultancy firm or
ministry, and the students are required to write a report on the
practical experience acquired during the period of industrial
attachment. It is worthy to note that students who have graduated from
the department are successful professionals holding important post in
both the private and public sectors within and outside the shores of the
GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
of National Diploma, Higher National Diploma and Professional Diploma
programme in Urban and Regional Planning should be able to perform with
expected degree of efficiency appropriate to the level of their
training. Hence our goal is to produce skilled personnel at both the
intermediate and high levels of manpower for public and private Town
and Regional Planning organisation and for the several other
organisations which activities/services have planning implications.
In attaining this goal, the performance objectives include:-
- Understand and analyse a planning problem in any given situation and write out alternate solutions;
the administrative institutions, legislative framework, environmental
conditions and political atmosphere within which planning operates in
- Carry out surveys and field work leading to Town and Regional Planning Design;
out simple design and drawings of estates, small and medium sized towns
in collaboration with other Town Planners and relevant disciplines;
- Make simple planning models;
- Collect and analyse data on Town and Regional Planning issues;
- Teach Town and Regional at appropriate levels in institutions offering Town Planning programmes;
- Formulate policies in the area of Town and Regional Planning;
- Give sound professional advice and reliable consultancy services in the area of Town and Regional Planning;
- Be useful to and employable by Town and Regional Planning organisations in both public and private sectors;
- Demonstrate adequate skill in basic techniques of land use planning (surveys, site planning division, computer application).
CORE VALUES OF THE DEPARTMENT
- Quality in our services – teaching, research, consultancy etc;
- Customer satisfaction;
- Commitment and innovativeness;
- Effectiveness and efficiency in resources utilization;
- Transparency and accountability;
- Continuous learning;
- Team work
VISION OF THE DEPARTMENT
a department of excellence for training an effective, efficient,
transparent and accountable professional urban planner who will
contribute to the sustainable urban development in an urbanizing and
DEPARTMENT/UNIT ADMINISTRATION IN GENERAL
programme is accommodated in Urban and Regional Planning Department.
Urban and Regional Planning was established with ND programme in 1972.
Head of Department oversees the general affairs of the department and
co-ordinate the input of the academic staff administrative and support
staff. He monitors the students through programme coordinators, class
managers and the individual class governors.
class managers are academic staff appointed to monitor each class. They
are responsible for collating the class examination results. They also
offer advice to such classes on any problems and relates back to the
Head of Department.
Lecturers are academic staff allotted appropriate work load based on
their designation. The Class Governors represent the students and
through them the students relate to their class Managers and class
Managers in turn relates through programme Co-ordinators to the Head of
staff members are involved in decision making and general
administration of the department through discussions and contributions
in monthly departmental meeting, emergency meetings and committee
policy and practice on staff development accords with that of the
College. Staff members are encouraged to embark on short courses
through departmental votes and long term courses leading to Higher
Degrees. And many had benefited from this arrangement.
3. Staff members who are due are promoted to time, subject to meeting the laid down criteria of the College and the NBTE.
OTHER RELEVANT DETAILS
Department has been organizing an annual conference for the past four
years consecutively. The 5th edition held between 21-24th of September,
- Publication of Proceedings of Annual Conference for three consecutive years;
- Publication of three editions of Departmental Journal – Journal for Sustainable Development;
- Publication of number of text-books by staff of the department including:-
- Basic Principles of Research. Edited by Olaseni, A.M.; Solola, O.O., Laoye, L.L. and Alade, A.A.
- Ecological Considerations in Planning and Managing the Environment by Dele Siyanbade;
- Rural Development Planning in Nigeria by Olaseni, A.M.
- Issues in Urban Planning and Management by Aledare, Kayode.
- Population and Urbanisation in Nigeria by Fagbohun, P.O.
- Disaster Management in Nigeria: Preparedness and Prevention by Dele Siyanbade.
- Millennium Development Goals and Poverty Reduction: Issues and Constraints. Edited by Omolabi, A.O., Aledare K.D. and oke, J.O.