Bridging Nigeria's Housing Deficit

By Daily Trust

With an estimated housing deficit of 18 million units and an average family size of six, it is believed that as many as 108 million Nigerians are not properly housed. These figures derived from World Bank statistics confirm that 60% of Nigeria's estimated population of about 180 million people are caught in the trap of homelessness. The implication is that almost two thirds of Nigerians live under conditions that are not conducive to good health. In fact it is estimated that as many as 20 million of the improperly housed Nigerians actually have no roofs of any kind over their heads.

While the statistics may seem frightening and outlandish, the low level of urbanization of the country, and the complement of the population who live in shelters built with sub-standard materials such as cornstalk and grass matting in farmlands, disused paper cartons as well as plastic sheets under bridges as well as in uncompleted buildings, and refuse dump sites, attest to the validity of the foregoing statistics and therefore the pallid state of housing in the country.