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Title:Resource Allocation, Territorial Justice Income Distribution in Two Nigerian Cities
Authors:Salau, Ademola T.
Izeogu, C.V.
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:public sector
urban planning
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:This paper examines intra and inter-urban disparities in urban resource systems in Nigeria. In Nigerian urban areas, disparities are manifest in the built environment with regard to the provision of public service systems such as housing, water and energy supplies, transportation, and educational, recreational, and health facilities. Based on a comparative study of two State capitals - Port Harcourt and Makurdi - the paper explores the spatial pattern of public services location and allocation in the country. In general, there is a disparity among various residential neighbourhoods in the urban centres studied because of unequal allocation of public services in the areas. The neighbourhoods predominantly inhabited by upper-income persons command most of the urban resources (public services), thus widening the gap between the rich and the poor. The governments have financial limitations in providing adequate services in all the neighbourhoods. Moreover, the high-income persons have both the political and economic power to gain access to urban resource systems. It is suggested that the urbanites' differential access to urban public services can be minimized by adopting a redistribution of urban services according to the needs of various urban communities in the country. This will ensure that urban services are distributed more in favour of hitherto disadvantaged areas. Note, ref.