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STAKEHOLDERS’ PRECEPTIONS ON URBAN RENEWAL PROGRAMME AND CONTRACTS: A VIEW OF THE PROFESSIONALS’ PERCEPTIONS (A CASE STUDY OF ONDO STATE CAPITAL CITY, AKURE) AKINMOLADUN OLAWALE TOSIN REGISTRATION NUMBER: EDMP10/11/H/1270 BEING A PROJECT PROPOSAL SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF QUANTITY SURVEYING, FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE-IFE, OSUN STATE APRIL, 2012 CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.0 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY The most important component of development in Nigeria today is that of urbanisation. Since the colonial era, a significant share of the political, economic and socio-cultural events has continued to occur in urban centres. The spatial dynamics of urbanization of Nigeria since 1815 is reflected by so many changes in the country most especially in Lagos, Port-Harcourt which was occasioned by the opening of two North-South railways lines. (Adepoju, Olokesusi and Egunjobi, 2001). This, in turn, permitted the rapid expansion of cash crops farming, extractive industries, their subsequent evacuation and emergence of hierarchy of urban settlements (Mabogunje, 1968). Urbanisation was further reinforced by the concentration of industrial and commercial activities, infrastructure, the location of administrative and government offices in urban centres. In economic terms, expansion of these urban centres proceeded due to agglomeration economics, economics of scale and accessibility to government machinery and facilities. More people continue to flock into the urban centres in search for employment, education and better opportunities, especially since the rural area have been neglected due to oil boom and resultant events. The United Nations estimated the population of Nigeria in 2005 at 141 million, and predicted that it would

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