Physical Planning Implications of Access to Residential Land and Legal Secuirty of Tenure in Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria


Julius Ajilowo Bayode Olojimi and Abdulateef Iyanda

Publication date: 

Monday, 6 May 2013


  • Research paper


External to ACUI

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Lagos was the first amongst the Nigerian settlements that benefitted from the colonial (formal) physical planning efforts and currently, it is the foremost Nigerian commercial and industrial hub that enjoys unprecedented urbanisation. These characteristics make the choice of Lagos metropolis for the investigation of access of developers to residential land and security of tenure most appropriate. The study adopted a random sampling method and selected 2,054 house-owners and administered set of structured questionnaire that contained questions that probed into issues on their accessibility to land and legal security of tenure. Another set of questionnaire was differently designed to elicit information from other stakeholders (Land managers, Town planning Agencies, Community/Family Heads etc). Data obtained from the primary source were subjected to empirical analysis. The data were also complimented by secondary data. The findings amongst others revealed the socio-economic characteristics of the house-owners, means and duration of period of land acquisition, determinants of access to residential land, and the implications on the securing planning permission, construction of illegal structures and the quality of construction. Finally, the paper recommended amongst others intensive monitoring of physical development by the use of geographical information system, over haul of planning approval procedure and the promotion of site and services scheme