by Segun Olufemi


Housing experts have called on stakeholders to give priority to addressing the housing deficit that is currently being faced in Lagos. This was made known in a Twitter chat organized by popular online platform, which further shed light on some of the topics raised on new documentary series, Kelechi’s Quest.

The documentary series features Nollywood actor, Kelechi Udegbe who visits different parts of the state to highlight and discuss challenges faced by low and medium income earners in securing affordable housing.

Lookman Oshodi, an infrastructure and urban development expert, emphasized the need to draw the attention of the government to the rise of housing problems in Lagos which according to him affects “99 percent of Lagosians”.

Oshodi said some of the badly affected areas include “Alimosho, Mushin, Ajah, Ikorodu, Okokomaiko, Agboju and Ijanikin axis among others”. He projected that the situation is likely to escalate owing to the massive influx of immigrants into the state on a daily basis.

Speaking on the some of the intervention efforts that have been earlier made to curtail the housing deficit, Abdulfatai Anofi said most of the building apartments around the state are profit-motivated rather than need-based. According to him, “2 and 3-bedroom apartments do not address the pervasive needs, rather they satisfy the desire for luxuries”.

They, however, suggested that these housing problems can be mitigated if residents’ income aligns with housing delivery. Oshodi said, “With clarity on the income, components of affordable housing such as land, building materials, construction methods, labour, finance can then be disaggregated and at the same time integrated to achieve the common goal of affordable housing.”

For more on the conversation, follow the hashtag #KelechisQuest and watch episode 1 here:


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