Tag Archives: Housing Quality

Spatial Pattern of Housing Quality in Abuja, Nigeria (Published)

The study attempted evaluation of Spatial Pattern of Housing Quality of Abuja, Nigeria. The identified 62 political wards were stratified into their various Area Councils namely, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Bwari Area Council, Gwagwalada Area Council, KwaliArea Council, Kuje Area Council and Abaji Area Council.  Using systematic random sampling, 3593, 1002,641,290,341 and 202 houses were selected in AMAC, Bwari Area Council, Gwagwalada Area Council, Kwali Area Council, Kuje Area Council and Abaji Area Council respectively to give a total of 6069 houses. Socioeconomic characteristics of the households revealed that the youth constituted 14.2% of the respondents, while 79.99% of the respondents were also found to be in the age bracket of 31-60 years. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) confirmed, that there were significant differences in the age distribution of the residents (F = 4.11, p = 0.005). Analysis of spatial pattern of housing quality using Factor Analysis   revealed that housing location quality attributes factor, recorded highest influence on the spatial pattern of housing quality in Area Councils, such as AMAC, Bwari Area Council and Gwagwalada Area Council. The study concluded that a general hierarchical trend in spatial pattern of housing quality had been figured out in Abuja, where housing quality was observed to decrease with increase   in distance from the Central Business District(CBD).

Keywords: Abuja, Housing Quality, central business district, urban spatial structure

Analysis of Housing Quality in the Peripheral Area of Lafia, Town (Published)

Housing supply shortages and the deterioration in the quality of the housing stock have become serious problems that need to be addressed in peripheral area of cities. The non-consideration of relevant socio–economical parameters by organizations responsible for housing provision has been identified as one of the major reasons for the housing inadequacies and poor quality in most urban fringes of developing countries – Lafia inclusive. On this position, the paper examines the influence of socio-economic factors in the determination of housing quality in the peripheral area of Lafia. This study identifies the peripheral area in Lafia, Nasarawa state, Nigeria. The paper examines the causes and characteristics of the peripheral area in the assessment of housing quality. The paper identifies the critical factors causing the formation of urban fringe to: (i) poverty; (ii) rapid urbanization and influx of people into urban areas;(iii) growth of informal sector, (iv) war, natural disasters and earthquakes leading to massive movement of people to places of opportunity and safety; (v) Ineffective Housing Policies; (vi) housing shortage; (vii) inefficient public administration, inappropriate planning and inadequate land administration tools. The paper asserts that the peripheral area have serious adverse effects on the people’s health, their built environment and housing quality. The secondary data was obtained from books, journals and seminar papers while the primary data relating to housing quality were obtained by means of structured questionnaire. The study revealed a gap in quality between the low- and medium-income resident. This paper suggests the implementation of policies and planning, physical infrastructural development, social-economic improvement, environment and health improvement. Government, private and communities interventions on the peripheral areas are required in order to check and prevent further decay for sustainable development. Therefore, government is encouraged to see peripheral areas as a solution to new city planning rather than problem to the urban areas.

Keywords: Housing Affordability, Housing Quality, Informal Sectors, Peripheral Areas

Analysis of Housing Quality in the Peripheral Area of Lafia, Town (Published)

Housing supply shortages and the deterioration in the quality of the housing stock have become serious problems that need to be addressed in peripheral area of cities. The non-consideration of relevant socio–economical parameters by organizations responsible for housing provision has been identified as one of the major reasons for the housing inadequacies and poor quality in most urban fringes of developing countries – Lafia inclusive. On this position, the paper examines the influence of socio-economic factors in the determination of housing quality in the peripheral area of Lafia. This study identifies the peripheral area in Lafia, Nasarawa state, Nigeria. The paper examines the causes and characteristics of the peripheral area in the assessment of housing quality. The paper identifies the critical factors causing the formation of urban fringe to: (i) poverty; (ii) rapid urbanization and influx of people into urban areas;(iii) growth of informal sector, (iv) war, natural disasters and earthquakes leading to massive movement of people to places of opportunity and safety; (v) Ineffective Housing Policies; (vi) housing shortage; (vii) inefficient public administration, inappropriate planning and inadequate land administration tools. The paper asserts that the peripheral area have serious adverse effects on the people’s health, their built environment and housing quality. The secondary data was obtained from books, journals and seminar papers while the primary data relating to housing quality were obtained by means of structured questionnaire. The study revealed a gap in quality between the low- and medium-income resident. This paper suggests the implementation of policies and planning, physical infrastructural development, social-economic improvement, environment and health improvement. Government, private and communities interventions on the peripheral areas are required in order to check and prevent further decay for sustainable development. Therefore, government is encouraged to see peripheral areas as a solution to new city planning rather than problem to the urban areas.

Keywords: Housing Affordability, Housing Quality, Informal Sectors, Peripheral Areas

A STUDY ON HOUSING AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OF MONIYA COMMUNITY IN IBADAN, NIGERIA (Published)

This paper investigates the effect of urban lounge on housing and environmental quality of Moniya community in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria with a view to determine urban planning efforts at addressing the phenomenon. Using Systematic Random sampling technique, data were collected with the aid of structured questionnaires, observation and photo-snaps. Interviews were held to complement data from questionnaire survey while descriptive statistic methods were employed to resolve the objectives set for the study. Findings reveal the socio-economic characteristics of residents and its effects on physical environment of the area. It shows the level of congestion, poor state of roads and buildings, the inefficiency of infrastructure and public services and loss of available ones due to poor maintenance culture of residents. The paper recommends effective and timely regional planning through economic development and spatial integration as a way to decongest and achieve long-term environmental sustainability in the area. It advocates, essentially, for extensive urban renewal program through the provision of urban basic services in the area, which should be supported with improved sanitation strategies for sustainable management of the area

Keywords: Environmental sustainability, Housing Quality, Infrastructure, Moniya., Urban Sprawl

A STUDY ON HOUSING AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OF MONIYA COMMUNITY IN IBADAN, NIGERIA (Review Completed - Accepted)

This paper investigates the effect of urban lounge on housing and environmental quality of Moniya community in Ibadan, Oyo State Nigeria with a view to determine urban planning efforts at addressing the phenomenon. Using Systematic Random sampling technique, data were collected with the aid of structured questionnaires, observation and photo-snaps. Interviews were held to complement data from questionnaire survey while descriptive statistic methods were employed to resolve the objectives set for the study. Findings reveal the socio-economic characteristics of residents and its effects on physical environment of the area. It shows the level of congestion, poor state of roads and buildings, the inefficiency of infrastructure and public services and loss of available ones due to poor maintenance culture of residents. The paper recommends effective and timely regional planning through economic development and spatial integration as a way to decongest and achieve long-term environmental sustainability in the area. It advocates, essentially, for extensive urban renewal program through the provision of urban basic services in the area, which should be supported with improved sanitation strategies for sustainable management of the area.

Keywords: Environmental sustainability, Housing Quality, Infrastructure, Moniya., Urban Sprawl