Assessing the Effectiveness of Smart City Initiatives in Promoting Sustainable Urban Development in Nigeria


    This study assesses the effectiveness of smart city initiatives in promoting sustainable urban development in Nigeria, focusing on three major cities: Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt. Smart cities, driven by digital technologies and data-driven solutions, aim to enhance infrastructure, citizen engagement, environmental sustainability, and economic growth. The findings reveal variations in the effectiveness of these initiatives across cities due to local governance, funding, and citizen participation. Lagos demonstrates high effectiveness, driven by substantial investments in infrastructure and environmental sustainability. Abuja excels in citizen engagement but faces environmental challenges. Port Harcourt lags behind due to funding constraints and environmental issues. Tailored strategies, collaborative governance, and citizen engagement are recommended to address city-specific challenges. Environmental sustainability and economic diversification are crucial, alongside technological capacity building and innovative funding approaches. Streamlining bureaucratic processes and robust monitoring mechanisms are essential for successful smart city implementation. Knowledge sharing among Nigerian cities can facilitate the adoption of best practices and accelerate sustainable urban development nationwide.

    Keywords: Smart City Initiatives, Sustainable Urban Development, Citizen Engagement, Environmental Sustainability, Nigeria  

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    author/Tochukwu S. Ezeudu & Ibrahim M. Ismail 

    journal/FUJPAM Vol. 2, No. 1