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The Use of Large Unskilled Labour Force for Non-Traditional Residential Projects in Nigeria

Fagbenle, Olabosipo I. (1997) The Use of Large Unskilled Labour Force for Non-Traditional Residential Projects in Nigeria. Design and Construction Methodology. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

This paper contents its attention on the large use of unskilled labour force for non-traditional residential buildings in particular and for the construction works in Nigeria as a whole. The writer notes wit h sadness that a major unemployment of all categories of workers in the construction .industry especially the unskilled ones is now on the increase, unlike before when the construction industry used to be the largest industry in the nation employing an appreciable proportion of the work force . The reason adduoed £or this is as a. result of the non reflection of indigenisation in moat of the architectural designs and the non patronisation of our indigenous contractors which in turn leads to mass use of mechanical plants and other sophisticated but costly constructional items . items thereby rendering thousands o£ able bodied men and women 1n the construction sites redundant. It is noted further that this l)q"'"' ~ development has lead to increase in crime rate in the country and a drastic reduction in construction profits especially when one views the high exchange rate used in procuring these equipment and the overall maintenance costa. Towards reversmg from this ugly practice therefore, the need for the use of unskilled labour force is particularly stressed and useful suggestions towards realizing this goal are discussed in this manner.

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 Feb 2015 12:26
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2015 12:26
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/3445

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