In line with the mission of the university, the department is to prepare students to become planning professionals by providing a multi-disciplinary professional education that teaches students to define issues, solve problems and implement solutions to improve the quality of the natural and built environment, in ways that promote social justice and are rooted in an understanding of social change.

HOD's Message

It is a pleasure to welcome you most sincerely to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria. The Programme is young and dynamic but most importantly, it will contribute immensely to urban and regional planning education in Nigeria today. Urban planning is a professional field concerned with addressing the health and welfare of communities. Planners are problem-solvers. They must be able to deal with both short- and long-range planning and projects large and small. Planners seek to enhance overall quality of life by addressing aspects of communities such as housing, land use, transportation, and responsible development that preserves the natural environment. Good urban planning creates communities that offer better choices for living. Planners help people make their communities more convenient, healthful, efficient, fair and attractive. Good planning improves the welfare of people and communities in the present and for the future. Urban and regional planners are responsible for ensuring that cities, towns and regions have vibrant economies and communities, provide for a high quality of life, and are environmentally sustainable. To achieve this, planners need a good understanding of the way in which societies, economies and environments operate and interact. Therefore, the Urban and Regional Planning Programme will represent an integrating and interdisciplinary approach towards increasing social, economical and ecological complexity of cities and regions which requires proper planning to integrate sectoral themes as well as different levels of planning from urban quarters to regions. Dynamic conditions need to be considered such as demographic, socio-economic and technical changes. Here at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi! Our combination of dedicated and knowledgeable academic and non teaching staff, engaged and talented students and current planning opportunities available in the Nigerian environment today make us confident that you can have a great experience as a student of this new academic programme. We hope that you will forge deep and lasting friendships and develop skills and capabilities that will serve you and your community well into the future. We want you to enjoy your time with NSUK and benefit from the educational, social and cultural opportunities that the university provides you. I wish you all the very best for your time at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi. Thank you.

Departmental Board

1. Prof. Micheal U. Mbanaso HOD
2. Prof. Nasiru M. Idris  
3. Prof Timorthy Gyuse  
4. Dr. Shuaib O. Madaki  
5. Dr. Daniel Adamu  
6. Mr. Suleman S. Usman  
7. Mr. Musa Eya Adamu  


Brief Profile

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) started as a programme as well as a Unit under the Department of Geography. The Senate of NSUK approved the running of the programme in September, 2014. In October, 2016, the National Universities Commission (NUC) came on resource assessment visit to the URP Programme of which, they gave an approval for the Programme to be a unit under Geography Department pending on the time that Faculty of Environmental Science would be fully established. The Senate of Nasarawa State University Keffi had approved the conversion of URP unit to a Department with effect from Thursday 26th October, 2017. The Department got full NUC accreditation in 2019.  The Department has a Journal called Journal of Environmental Planning and Sustainability which started in 2017 with two issues annually and the publication of the journal has continued with the biannual issues volume 1 and 2 every year and it is up to date


The Department provides a five-year programme of courses leading to the award of:

B. URP (Urban and Regional Planning) with Honors