Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 392


Planning education (PE) in Nigeria: Strategies for improvement

Adeleye, Rufus Olawale
Department of Geography and Planning, Kogi State University, P. M. B. 1008, Anyigba, Kogi State, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 20 October 2008
  •  Published: 31 October 2008



This paper traces the origin of planning Education in Nigeria. The paper shows that planning education in Nigeria follows her colonial history in the sense that most of the earlier planners in the country were trained abroad until University of Ibadan was established as a college of University of London in 1948. Earlier planners were trained as geographers before their training in planning. Many Universities and Polytechnics are now involved in Planning Education up to PhD level. The paper also shows that there are professional training opportunities as administered by The Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC) and the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP). The paper concludes by making recommendations on how to move Planning Education forward in contemporary Nigeria.


Key words: Planning, education, colonial, institute, professional.