PAPER TITLE :DEPARTMENT OF URBAN AN D REGIONAL PLANNING, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, AKOKA, LAGOS, NIGERIA.

JOURNAL Of SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY | VOLUME 5 NUMBER 2 2014

Paper Details

  • Author(s) : LAWANSON, T.; OLAJIDE, O. and NWOKORO, I.
  • Abstract:

This paper investigates the growth of an informal settlement in Lagos, Nigeria over
a period of ten years. Major issues considered include basic socio-economic attributes as well as
the quality of housing facilities and basic infrastructure. The research adopted systematic random
sampling of 390 household heads in Ajegunle in 1998, 2002 and 2008 respectively. The responses
over the three periods were collated in order to develop a trend pattern and these were further
analysed alongside the specific targets outlined in the MDGs 1 and 7. The study revealed that
poverty level of the respondents had grown worse over the study period. Average monthly incomes
were significantly lower than the national minimum wage for each of the study periods. The
contentious issue of security of tenure was quite evident and reflected in unwillingness by
respondents to improve their environmental conditions. Housing tenure ship was mainly tenancy
with 93% living in rented apartments in 1998. This figure fell to 60% in 2002 and rose considerably
to 83% in 2008 thereby corroborating literature study of the prevalence of absentee landlords in
squatter settlements. The paper concludes by suggesting a pragmatic and efficient campaign
aimed at tackling poverty and environmental degradation towards meeting the specific targets of
the Millennium Development Goals in the study area.