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Analysis of Future Urban Growth Scenario of Damaturu Town in Yobe State, Nigeria

Damaturu is one of the fast growing towns in Nigeria. This study projected future urban growth scenario of the town to 2030. Linear regression statistics was used to achieve this objective. Findings revealed that Damaturu urban area will expand from about 54 Km2 in 2009 to 99 Km2 by 2030. While the built-up density is estimated to increase from 23 Km2 in 2009 to about 47 Km2, depicting an expansion of 82% in urban area, as well as 102% increase in built up density. If the present growth pattern continues by 2030, Damaturu urban growth process will swallow up many near-by villages. This projection can only be attained if there is no crises and normalcy return to Damaturu town. There is therefore the need for planning authorities to take into cognisance the future rate of expansion of the town in reviewing the masterplan of the town.

Author(s): Muhammad Isma’il*, Ibrahim Jaro Musa and Ahmed Abubakar Jajere

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