• Adeolu Adebayo Department of Geography and Regional Planning, Lagos State University, Ojo
  • Saeed Ojolowo Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Ibadan




Population sprawl, housing, peri urban settlements, Ajah, Eti osa


The housing characteristics in Ajah Lagos State peri-urban settlements is characterised by high level of informal development, poor quality and confronted with multi-dimensional challenges. Policy response to the pattern of growth does not match the pace of rapid housing development in Lagos peri-urban settlements.  This research examined the characteristics of housing in the peri-urban settlements of Lagos State, Nigeria and specifically investigated the drivers of housing characteristics, socio-economic attributes of the residents, the quality of housing and the challenges of the management of the emerging peri-urban housing developments.  Using a case study approach, housing characteristics in peri-urban settlements in Ajah Eti osa Local Government  Areas  were  selected  to  represent  the  rapidly  urbanizing  metropolitan  peripheral  areas in  Lagos  State.    Data were collected through primary and secondary sources.  Findings revealed  that  major drivers  of  housing  development  in  the  study  area  are  principally  land  affordability,  low  cost  of living,  easy  linkage  and  proximity  to  urban  centres,  and  provision  of  better  quality  housing  through exclusive  gated  housing  development.  The findings  also  demonstrate  that  different  housing initiatives  in  the  peri-urban  settlements  performed  differently  in  typology  and  resident’s perception.  Socio-economic attributes  revealed  a  multi-cultural  households  composition, reasonable  literacy  level  and  mostly  male  headed  households.  Findings also  showed  factors  that influence  dwelling  quality  in  the  study  area  are  choice  of  building  materials,  neighbourhood  and locational  quality.  Challenges to governance are location-specific and mostly poor infrastructural development.   It is recommended that improved  quality  and  user  performance  peri-urban housing development  can  be  achieved  through  residents’  participation  in  housing  policy  design  and  also by  timely  regional  policy  response  to  the  pace  of  housing  characteristics in  Lagos  peri-urban settlements. Population sprawl


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How to Cite

Adebayo, A. ., & Ojolowo, S. . (2023). POPULATION DYNAMICS AND HOUSING CHARACTERISTICS IN AJAH, LAGOS, NIGERIA. Journal of Advance Research in Mechanical and Civil Engineering (ISSN: 2208-2379), 9(6), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.53555/nnmce.v9i6.1667