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National Directorate of Employment and State Intervention Policy in the Development of the Informal Sector in Nigeria (Published)

The paper takes a critical look at the state intervention policy in the development of the informal sector in Nigeria with particular reference to National Directorate of Employment (NDE). This paper is of the opinion that although the state intervention policy in the development of the informal sector is well thought-out, but the implementation of such intervention policies is bedevilled by corruption, exploitation and squander mania as exemplified by the behaviour of the actors of Nigeria State. Thus, the paper contends that the anti-developmental posture of the actors of Nigeria state has ostensibly rendered superfluous the development value of the informal sector in Nigeria, thereby making the informal sector incapable of contributing enormously to the development of Nigeria. The paper recommended inter alia that the Nigerian state should initiate and implement development paradigms that are people and result oriented.

Keywords: Informal Sectors, National Directorate of Employment, actors of Nigerian state, state intervention policy

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