• Social enterprise boosts recycling in Lagos

    Nigerian social enterprise Wecyclers, devoted to incentivizing residents of the poorest areas in Lagos to recycle their domestic waste, has the potential to create 500,000 jobs in Nigeria, according to its founder. It is also leads to rewards for residents who recycle. The initiative employs waste collectors who peddle special bicycles through neighborhoods, picking up […]

  • New railway lines to link Rwanda and Kenya, Niger and Ivory Coast

    To improve interregional transport between major cities, two large railway projects will be rolled out in east and west Africa. A railway line of almost 3000 kilometers will connect Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city, to port city Mombasa, in Kenya.The project will cost $13.5 billion. In the West African region, a new railway line, that will […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • City marathon for Abuja

    Plans have been introduced by the Minister of Sports Development, Senator Bala Mohammed, in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to launch an annual marathon in Abuja. While details were not forthcoming, it is hoped that the marathon will attract both national and international visitors. It is unclear when the first marathon is planned to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Brazilian satellite city to be built in Abuja

      In a bid to improve bilateral relations between Nigeria and Brazil, the Abuja administration has granted permission for a Brazilian consortium to build a characteristically Brazilian model satellite city in Abuja. This is set to develop infrastructure and housing in the capital, while allowing Brazil greater influence in Nigeria, a key trading partner. Brazilians have […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]