• Lagos set to demolish 1800 buildings

    In the wake of numerous building collapses claiming lives in Lagos in recent months, 1800 buildings have been sealed by the state government and are awaiting demolition. Distressed buildings with poor structural integrity are a risk to residents and violate the physical planning and urban development laws of the state. While some buildings are still … Continued

  • Lagos set to demolish 1800 buildings

    In the wake of numerous building collapses claiming lives in Lagos in recent months, 1800 buildings have been sealed by the state government and are awaiting demolition. Distressed buildings with poor structural integrity are a risk to residents and violate the physical planning and urban development laws of the state. While some buildings are still … Continued

  • Lagos residents illegally evicted in the name of development

    Two prominent NGOs have released a report on evictions of Badia East residents during the first phase of a development project. The World Bank is funding the $200 million project in Lagos. Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC) and Amnesty International in their report on the February evictions call on the World Bank to … Continued

  • Urban renewal for Lagos slums

    Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project (LMDGP) is upgrading informal settlements o Mushin, Itire and Ijeshatedo. This includes the development of infrastructure – roads, sewerage and drainage systems. 16 roads have been completed and 1614 are in progress. The facilities at local schools will also be improved. Vanguard reports: “LMDGP is a World Bank assisted … Continued

  • Fear of demolition grips Lagos slum dwellers

    The urban renewal programme in Lagos is threatening the housing security of residents who live in the many ‘illegal’ settlements in the megacity. Beautification and channelization appear higher on the Lagos State Government’s list of priorities than secure housing for the city’s over 12 million residents. Tunji Bello, Commissioner for the Environment, visited an illegal … Continued

  • Three-story building collapses in Lagos

      A baby died and other people were injured when a building collapsed in Lagos on Tuesday. The apartment block, which originally had solid foundations, was compromised by the addition of two storeys. This building collapse is one of many to occur in Lagos over the past decade. Over-crowding, the wet physical environment, a lack … Continued

  • Lagos attempts to remedy water insecurity

    Owing to water shortages and the Lagos population having to resort to unorthodox means to access water, the state government has begun to work on a plan to provide residents of the megacity with water. The recently-initiated process will deliver over 900 million litres of potable water to the homes of residents. This Day reports: … Continued

  • Lagos to represent Africa at international conference on urban social challenges

    The Nigerian capital is one of 22 cities nominated to present problems and solutions to issues afflicting cities across the globe. The conference will be hosted in San Francisco in May. While half of the nominees are from Spain, Britain and the USA, Lagos is Africa’s only representative. Cities Pilot the Future  intends to match … Continued

  • Lagos slum residents live among garbage at “Dustbin Estate”

              A documentary produced by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Nigeria highlights how high rentals and poverty in Lagos, one of the fastest growing cities on the continent, have driven thousands of residents to build shacks at “Dustbin Estate,” a slum in Awodiora, Ajeromi Ifelodun, to the west … Continued

  • Hope in troubled waters: Developing water transport infrastructure in Lagos

    In West Africa’s most urbanized city, many experience that while “water no get enemy”, it certainly does pick and choose its friends. These words are part of the lyrical heritage bequeath by the late world-renowned Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, whose rally cries against military rule, corruption and colonialism resonate with his Lagosian kinsmen decades on. … Continued