Although planning legislation in Nigeria provides for amenity and open spaces in rural and urban areas, landscape studies of most cities show a great deficiency of both. This failure is due to: lack of amenity and open space policies to guide land use, lack of agency responsibility for the development and maintenance of public open spaces, poor intergovernmental relationships, shortage of landscape architects and managers, financial constraints and the difficulty of interpreting the wishes of the general public. This article looks at these reasons for failure and discusses ways of obviating such problems. © 1989.
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