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: 386

Full Length Research Paper

Urban development and land use changes around the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti Nigeria

Owoeye, J.O.*
  • Owoeye, J.O.*
  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, P.M.B 704 Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria.
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Ogunleye, O.S.
  • Ogunleye, O.S.
  • Department of Geography and Planning Science, Faculty of the Social Sciences, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 21 January 2015
  •  Accepted: 22 April 2015
  •  Published: 30 April 2015

Abstract

Urban ecological systems are characterized by complex interactions among institutional, socio-economic and environmental variables. These interactions often generate complex human-dominated landscapes, which significantly influence effective functioning of local and global earth ecosystems and the services they provide to humans and other life on earth. Changes in ecological conditions that result from human actions in urban areas ultimately affect physical morphology and structural outlook as in the case of the study area. Using Survey Research Design (SRD) via questionnaire administration, observation and personal interview and photo-snaps for data collection, authors investigate the impact of urban growth on the environment as occasioned by the existence of a university; essentially, the effects that the growth has on the ecological system of the community. Findings in the study revealed that urban development affects the spatial heterogeneity of the landscape; especially the patterns of variation in land cover and changes in land use over time. The authors propose that effective monitoring agent to guide the direction and coherence of development in the study area is needed to forestall the haphazard pattern of development that is rampart in the area. Also, a comprehensive master plan is needed for the area coupled with provision of essential services like power supply to facilitate adequate and regular electricity supply in the area.

Key words: Urban growth, land-use changes, EKSU.