Housing Delivery in Nigeria: The Paradox of Complementary Social Needs

Iweka, A. C. ; Igwe, J. M. (2009-07-01)

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An increasing body of evidence concerning urban dwellers that live in less-than-desirable conditions in Nigeria suggests the absence of effective housing solutions and the need for adequate and affordable shelter. This paper addresses the inevitable problems of housing delivery in Nigeria especially for the inhabitants of existing and emerging urban towns and cities. The study argues that conventional concepts of value for money associated with housing often fail to adequately consider the broad and inclusive concept of public welfare. The study therefore goes beyond the strait-jacket consideration of cost and examines the ambit of physical, environmental, social, cultural, economic and political aspects of housing delivery. The paper draws attention to how value can be derived and maximized through a systematic analysis of the interdependencies and conflicts among identified variables, in order to chart a course of action for the future.