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An Evaluation of the Cost Effectiveness of Direct Labour System on Housing Project Execution in Lagos State, Nigeria

Adeyemi, Aderemi Y and Ojo, Stephen O. and Odeyinka, Henry A. and Fagbenle, Olabosipo I. (2003) An Evaluation of the Cost Effectiveness of Direct Labour System on Housing Project Execution in Lagos State, Nigeria. XXX IAHS World ·Congress on Housing, 1. pp. 354-359.

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Abstract

At the peak of economic recession in 1985. the Federal Government of Nigeria started to advocate for a revisit of the direct labour system typified of project execution during the colonial era through the 1960s. This method was completely abandoned for traditional contract method at the instance of oil boom in early 1970s. At the dawn of recession. the traditional contract method was faulted as being replete with cost overrun and hence the need to go back to the direct labour system to salvage the situation. Lagos State with an estimated population of about 10 million people and insatiable need for housing and social infrastructures launched large scale direct labour construction projects ~n 1996. Since then the Lagos State Direct Labour Agency (LSDLA) has executed 2.772 housing units spread over 21 housing estates in Lagos metropoly. The object of this paper was to determine whether the direct labour system was significantly more cost effective than the traditional contract method on these housing units. Cost comparison between the two procurement methods showed a saving of 26.86% when direct labour was used in preference to the traditional contract method. Chi-square analysis also show~d that there was significant difference in cost between these two procurement methods.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2015 13:14
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015 10:20
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/3224

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