Brown, Ibama

Evaluation of planning responses in flood related disasters in river states of Nigeria

 


Email:


ibrown04@qub.ac.uk

Address:

School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Queen's University Belfast
Room.03.008
Level 3
David Keir Building
Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5AG
Northern Ireland

Telephone:

 

+44 (0)2890 974254

 

Current Research:

Flooding in Nigeria is a contemporary predicament with its attendant devastating consequences traversing all spheres of human endeavour.  The menace of flooding can never be over emphasized neither can it be under estimated across Nigeria including Rivers State.  Flood in Rivers State in recent times has remained an annual recurring menace which consecutive administrations in the State could not commendably resolve. The most vulnerable areas to flood in Rivers State are mainly; Ahoada East, Ahoada West, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni and Abua/Odual Local Government Areas.  These areas of the state are very susceptible to flooding due to its location and terrain which has become a source of notable apprehension to the inhabitants of these areas

Flood generally occurs through anthropogenic or natural causes. The anthropogenic factors can range from poor land use planning, rapid deforestation, rapid and uncontrolled urbanization and in some cases the poor awareness of the inhabitants on best practices living around flood prune areas. However, the natural causes of flood could range from severe rainfall and its attendant runoff, overflow of river banks, in some cases dam burst/failure and/or overflow and in some very rare cases poor engineering design and construction.    It is an empirical fact that several public and private structures, including schools, churches, hospitals and residential homes, were submerged and/or damaged by the rampaging flood in the affected areas of Rivers State. Residents residing within the locality were rendered destitute, as their homes were swept off by flood waters.

The goal of the study is to identify and evaluate the planning responses available and put in place by both the Federal Government of Nigeria and Rivers State governments in times of flood disaster with a view to proffering appropriate mitigation measures. The research will adopt both Participatory and Action Research Methodology to identify the immediate and remote causes of flooding in the study, to identify the characteristics of the vulnerable groups affected by the flood with respect to their population, and socio-economic characteristics, and physical environmental conditions, to identify what coping mechanism(s) are adopted by the vulnerable groups after the floods, to ascertain the level of functionality of the institutional and legal frameworks put in place for flood risk assessment, control, reduction and management by the governments in Nigeria. The overall result will provide the government of Rivers State in particular and the Federal Government of Nigeria a needed approach and solution to the threat of flooding to the environment, loss of resources and its related challenges.

Supervisors: Dr Wesley Flannery and Dr Helen Roe

Qualifications:

MURP-Environmental Management, University of Nigeria (2012)
B.Tech-Urban and Regional Planning, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, 2nd Class Upper Division (2005)
Diploma-Urban and Regional Planning, Rivers State College of Arts and Science, Upper Credit, (1998)

Publications:

United Nations Development Program (UNDP): Workshop on the Physical Environment and Climate Change, Port Harcourt: July 2013
Brown, I, & Eyenghe, T. (2015). An evaluation of the effects of petroleum exploration and production activities on the social environment in Ogoni land, Nigeria. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research (IJSTR) 4(4), 273-282.
Brown, I., & Wachukwu F. C. (2015). Settlement dynamics in the northern fringes of Port Harcourt Metropolis. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research (IJSTR) 4(5), 34-43.
Brown, I., Eyenghe T., & Wocha C. (2015). Climate change, disaster risk management and the urban poor in Port Harcourt Metropolis. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research (IJSTR) 4(5), 58-65.
Brown, I., Wocha C. & Kpunpamo, O. B. (2015). Assessing the use and adequacy of public open spaces in old Port Harcourt Township. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, (IJSER) 6(6), 657-665.
Brown, I., Eyenghe T., & Wocha C. (2015). Assessment of the location and availability of public facilities and services in Port Harcourt Metropolis in Rivers State, Nigeria. International     Journal of Scientific & Technology Research (IJSTR) 4(6), 126-135.
Brown, I., Wocha, C. & Dike E.C. (2015). Development of waterways for effective transportation system and recreation enhancement in selected navigable creeks and waterways in Rivers State. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, (IJSER) 6(9), 1016-1025.
Brown, I., & Wocha, C (2015). The effects of urbanization on land use pattern in Bori, Rivers State Nigeria. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, (IJSER) 6(6), 169-183.
Brown, I., Eyenghe T., & Le-ol, E.N.A. (2015). The impact of urban growth on housing demand in emerging settlements of Port Harcourt Metropolis: the Rukpokwu experience. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, (IJSER) 6(6), 627-637.
Brown, I., & Wocha, C & Udoh, I.M (2015). The social and economic impacts of the Mile 1 Rumuwoji Market in Port Harcourt on its immediate environs. International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research (IJSTR) 4(6), 148-160.
Brown, I., & Wocha, C. (2015). Planning response to water-related disasters in Nigeria: the Rivers State experience. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, (IJSER) 6(6), 32-44.
Brown, I., Owukio, S.S. & Wocha, C. (2015). Comparative Study of Social Infrastructure Provision in Ikwerre and Etche Local Government Areas of Rivers State Using Geographic Information System Scientific Research Journal (SCIRJ), III(V) 1-22
Brown, I., Wocha, C. & Dike E.C. (2015). Physical planning: a panacea for urban security challenges in Port Harcourt Municipality. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, (IJSER) 6(10), 215-226.
Brown, I., Wocha C. & Kpunpamo, O. B. (2015). Recreation prospects and management issues in Bori town, Rivers State- Nigeria. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, (IJSER) 6(6), 674-682.
Brown, I., & Wocha, C. (2015). The challenges of access to infrastructure and social services in selected rural communities in Etche local government area of Rivers State. International Journal of Scientific & Engineering Research, (IJSER) 6(8), 595-594.

Awards:

Best graduating student: Urban and Regional Planning, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, 2005.

Funding:

Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, 2015.

Teaching/Demonstrating:

Geography Teacher: Amuro Community Secondary School, Amuro, Kogi State Nigeria 2006 March to 2007 February.  
B.Tech Urban and Regional Planning: Urban Development Planning
B.Tech Urban and Regional Planning: Site Planning and Design
B.Tech Urban and Regional Planning: Introduction to the Physical Environment
B.Tech Urban and Regional Planning: Photography and Model making

Work Experience:

Town Planning Officer: Rivers State Waste Management Agency: 1st April 2006 – 10th January, 2013
Assistant Lecturer: Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt; 11th January, 2013 – 30th September, 2015
Lecturer II: Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt; 1st October till date

Memberships:

Vice Chairman: Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) Rivers State Chapter; March 2013 till date
Nigerian Environmental Society(NES) Rivers State Chapter
Registered Town Planner (RTP)