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Informal Transformation in Public Housing: A Case Study of Abesan Low Income Housing Estate Lagos, Nigeria (Published)

Dwellers in public housing have been engaged in alteration and extension activities aimed at adapting their dwellings to better suit their needs. Hence, owners-occupiers, through their own initiatives and efforts alter or extend these houses so as to improve their housing conditions and at the same time to meet the developing needs of the households. In such cases, it becomes pertinent to examine the modalities and motives behind what happens within dwelling units in public housing estates. This research aims to identify explanations for the phenomenon of owner-initiated transformation of public housing particularly in low income housing estates. Indications are that housing transformations in public housing is inevitable and carried out irrespective of the socio-economic status and lifestyles of residents.  The study employed a case – study research method and Abesan low-income housing estate, Ipaja in Lagos State was purposively selected for the study. The implication of this study to sustainable housing development is premised on the fact that people engaged in housing modification on a number of levels, in order to make a home more aesthetically pleasing or more suitable for their needs and also for qualitative improvement of the existing housing stock. The study concluded by suggesting a number of recommendations to assist policy makers in effective public housing delivery.

Keywords: Dwellers, Owner Occupiers, Transformation, public housing


This view of this study was based on the establishment of strategies for improving affordable and habitable public housing provision in Anambra state, Nigeria. This study utilized a survey research design in the collection of data. The universe of study consisted of 2,805 occupants comprising mainly households, and 2,805 house units, comprising 1,032 in Awka city and 1,773 in Onitsha city. The sample size of 30% (842) was used as derived from Taro Yamani technique. A stratified random sampling of these disparate public housing estates based on their proportion to population was studied. A 16-item structured questionnaire on establishment of strategies for improving affordable and habitable public housing provision in Anambra state, Nigeria (QSAHPH) was developed. This instrument was face and content validated. Cronbach Alpha Technique index was used for reliability test which gave a value of 0.90. The data were obtained by pulling all positive responses for each group of occupants (Awka or Onitsha) as positive responses and as negative responses and their proportions obtained and filled below pooled observations (counts). Undecided responses were left as neutral. Complete responses were 797 comprising 299 occupants in Awka and 498 occupants in Onitsha. The research questions were processed using percentages. The major finding of the study was (1). Hence, the inference is that occupants in Awka perceived this dimension of public housing more positively than occupants in Onitsha. This difference between the two cities needs to be addressed in order to validate the Adam’s equity requirements in the built environment.

Keywords: Establishment, Nigeria, Strategies., public housing