International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Achieving Sustainable Housing Development in Nigeria: A Critical Challenge to Governance
Adesoji David JIBOYE

A critical challenge to effective governance in Nigerian is how to make housing adequate and sustainable. It has been observed that the phenomenal rise in population, spontaneous increase in size of most Nigerian cities have hitherto led to acute shortage of decent and affordable dwellings. These have resulted to diverse urban problems ranging from overcrowding, deplorable environment and living conditions, inadequate infrastructure, homelessness, and several others. Ensuring adequate and sustainable housing delivery towards progressive urbanization in our cities thus constitutes a critical challenge to governance. In examining this developmental challenge, this article underscores the need for good governance through the application of appropriate development strategies that could enhance optimum utilization of existing resources for effective housing delivery. It highlights the need to stimulate a policy that will facilitate infrastructural development alongside housing delivery. The paper advocates for renewed collaboration and commitment among stakeholders in housing and urban development in Nigeria.

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