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Assessment of the qualitative adequacy of newly constructed public housing in Ogun State, Nigeria

Eziyi O. Ibem (Department of Architecture, School of Environmental Studies, College of Science and Technology, Covenant University, Canaan Land, Nigeria)
O.O. Amole (Department of Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile‐Ife, Nigeria)

Property Management

ISSN: 0263-7472

Article publication date: 28 June 2011




The purpose of this paper is to present research assessing the level of qualitative adequacy of newly constructed public housing in urban centres in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Design/methodology/ approach

The study followed a quantitative research strategy. A survey of 517 housing units constructed through four different strategies and selected based on quota of their existence in nine public housing estates was conducted with a questionnaire as the key data collection instrument. A five‐point Likert scale was used in measuring the level of qualitative adequacy of four key housing sub‐components. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics.


Residents found the overall housing to be inadequate; they indicated that housing unit attributes were the most adequate and thus contributed most, while neighbourhood facilities were the least inadequate and contributed the least to qualitative housing adequacy.

Research limitations/implications

The sample population comprised mainly house heads in public housing constructed between 2003 and 2009 therefore, the findings may not be considered to be applicable to all the public housing in the study area. However, the findings can form the basis for judging the performance of public housing in the current democratic dispensation in the study area.

Practical implications

The findings imply that giving adequate attention to the provision of infrastructural facilities and maintenance of existing ones can enhance the qualitative adequacy of public housing.


This paper is a pioneering effort at evaluating the qualitative adequacy of most recently constructed public housing in the study area.



Ibem, E.O. and Amole, O.O. (2011), "Assessment of the qualitative adequacy of newly constructed public housing in Ogun State, Nigeria", Property Management, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 285-304.



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