URBAN GOVERNANCE; THE RELEVANCE OF COMMUNITY SQUARES IN EMERGING OWERRI CAPITAL TERRITORY OF IMO STATE, NIGERIA
In traditional Igbo settlement, community squares over the years have been used as meeting places for all sorts of public community gatherings and decisions on governance but the decimation of these facilities in emerging cities is closing up this avenue and may lead to increased agitation and discontentment as cities grow. The research sought todevelop a framework for the integration of community squares in the emerging capital territory to improve urban governance. Owerri Capital Territory
... apital Territory has 7 Local Government Areas and 49 community squares out of which 4 and 13 respectively were randomly selected. The research collected data on indicators of public meetings provided by the selected community squaresin Owerri Capital Territory using questionnaires, maps, Geographic Information System,(GIS) and Geographic Positioning Systems,(GPS) and interviews. The data were analysed with Analysis of Variance,(ANOVA) and Pearson statistical tools and it was found that theintegration of community squares into the emerging Owerri Capital Territory would provide avenues for meetings, formal and informal consultations, advocacy, decision-making and public opinion vent that could reduce agitation, discontent and provide avenues for feedback to improve urban governance in the emerging city of Owerri Capital Territoryin particular and cities in developing countries in general.