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Combating the Challenges of Rise in Urban Slums in Cities in Developing World: A Case Study of Lagos State.

Alagbe, O. A. (2006) Combating the Challenges of Rise in Urban Slums in Cities in Developing World: A Case Study of Lagos State. Department of Architecture, College of Science and Technology, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria, Covenant University, Ota. ISBN 978-37963-1-3

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Lagos State is an urban complex that embodies tremendous contrasts. As the former national capital and the major port of the largest country in Africa, it is a magnet for migrants from all over Nigeria and neighbouring countries alike. Hence, Lagos state attained the status of a megacity with a population estimate of over 15 million inhabitants with an attendant housing and infrastructural development problems. The objective of this paper is address how to stem the tide of negative development experienced in Lagos in the planning of other developing cities in Nigeria, most especially in the new Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The paper is narrative and historical in methodology. Thus, the paper embarks on a comprehensive literature study of the historical development of Lagos State with a view to determining how it resulted into a megacity with an inadequate level of infrastructural development to match its status, which subsequently gave rise to development of urban slums and squatter settlements within the metropolis. The paper concludes by giving recommendations on how to improve infrastructural facilities, upgrade urban slums and squatter settlements without necessarily resulting into house demolitions or outright eviction of people from their abode. Key words: slums, squatter settlement, megacity, urbanisation

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: slums, squatter settlement, megacity, urbanisation, housing, Nigeria
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Dr O. A. Alagbe
Date Deposited: 06 May 2014 14:45
Last Modified: 06 May 2014 14:45

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