Accommodation Problems Worsen In Lagos


Challenges of Accommodation in Lagos State is getting bigger by the day, as a result of the growing population, which there is no signs of abatement, with more than, ever before,
Observers reason that if proactive measures are not taken to curb the trend there will be catastrophic consequences, particularly, as land is becoming more scarce in the state.
The recent warning was at the behest of concern raised by town planners over the ‘inappropriate’ use of land in the state, where housing provision is on horizontal, instead of the vertical use of limited land.
Experts’ opinion is that vertical city development as an urban design concept accommodates few slender buildings standing scores of multi-storey structures with many residents, unlike horizontal buildings that covers a lot of land space with few occupants.
The National President of Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Luka Achi, in a forum recently held in Lagos, explained that vertical city developments are ideas that crop up as a result of growing land shortages in most cities, stressing that it is a way to conserve land.
The only problem, according to Achi, is lack of high level technology that would efficiently drive vertical development. “Without technology, integrity of structure, regular power supply and other infrastructure, its adoption could amount to a waste of time.
“Most buildings in Nigeria are yet to have 40-storey sky scraper condensed in one-land. Cultural belief among the people might hinder such an idea. The people might complain of building on their head.
“However, it is a matter of time, we might have to change into such plan in Nigeria. At least there was a time when we were using donkeys but now we use cars and aeroplane”, he said.
Expressing worry on how land space is getting thinner as a result of improper  utilisation, the immediate past President of Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Anyaeji Otis, told journalists in Lagos recently that there are no other ways to solve the issue of housing deficit than adoption of vertical city development.
“With finite space and a growing human population, the natural direction of cities is ever upward as architects, developers, and urban planners think toward higher urban environments”, said Otis, noting that the current trend is to create large, multi-functional buildings (MFBs), most typically combining residential, hotel, and retail functions.
In Otis’s view, what that means is that the roads that are needed to service will be less, the cables that are needed to distribute electricity externally will be less, while the piping that is needed to also carry through the water will be less.
“Apart from little space accommodate the majority; this will also translate to more sufficient infrastructure for the people that will be there.