USER PREFERENCE IN URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE PROVISION (A case of Ilupeju, Lagos, Nigeria)
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FAMUYIWA, FUNLOLA DR.
OTEGBULU, AUSTIN PROFESSOR
Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Infrastructure and Environment, 1-2 June, Hong-Kong.
The provision of infrastructure forms a crucial element and support to urban development. Without infrastructure, quality of housing will be lowered. Urban infrastructure deficiency and decay is quite visible in most residential neighbourhoods of urban centres of developing countries. In spite of this, the mode and pattern by which infrastructure is provided is largely taken for granted in many developing countries. The implications of poor service delivery can be felt as consumers receive unreliable services and quality of life is reduced. Past studies have shown that the solution to infrastructure problems is not just to expand capacity by making new investments, but adopting systematic changes and policy reforms in order to attain the standards necessary to improve quality of life. One of such policies to infrastructure reformation is delivering services to meet users’ preferences and demands. Centralizing demand embodies a drastic departure from the conventional concentration on the supply of services where little priority is given to stakeholders. Services, however, are best provided to users by determining the specific utilities preferred and are in demand. Against this background, data was collected from the study area (Ilupeju), a residential neighbourhood in Lagos metropolis in Nigeria, on specific infrastructure types with the aid of structured questionnaires in order to elicit user preferences. Analysis was carried out using descriptive and inferential statistics. With a response of 72%, the survey revealed user preferences within the study area as well as general opinions on the current state of existing infrastructure. The outcome of the survey reveals preferences in infrastructure, and reasons attributable. It also provides a guide for initial tariff settings and Public-private partnership schemes where cost recovery is paramount.
Economic development, Priority profile, Quality of life, Urban infrastructure, User-preference}
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