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Title:Population and Urbanization in Cross River State, Nigeria: Trends and Policy Measures
Author:Ottong, Joseph G.
Periodical:African Urban Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:urban society
Urbanization and Migration
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Politics and Government
Abstract:Although Cross River State is a relatively less urbanised part of Nigeria, like the rest of the country it is experiencing a rapid rate of urban growth. The few urban centres receive large influxes of people from the rural areas, and in the case of Calabar the rate of growth is alarming. The implications of this trend are discussed in various contexts, including environmental deterioration and pollution and poor or inadequate facilities such as electricity and water supply. Policy measures are identified to Intensify the pace of urbanisation in the state while ensuring & good quality of life for urban dwellers. The measures outlined include opening up new towns, spreading development to rural areas, mechanising agriculture, industrialisation, expanding and properly maintaining urban facilities, and evolving a more efficient system of urban administration. Ref.