Infrastructure Provision and Private Lands Acquisition Grievances: Social Benefits and Private Costs

  •  Funlola FAMUYIWA    
  •  Modupe OMIRIN    


 Urban infrastructure delivery will benefit a nation directly by improving public welfare. In urban areas, it is particularly necessary for sustainability. A crucial prerequisite for this is the provision of land. However, suitable lands for specific projects may not be available, and where such lands exist they may be in private holding. In Nigeria the Land Use Decree of 1978 provides that such properties can be acquired compulsorily by governments with powers of eminent domain for overriding public interest. This decree is however silent on the issues of injurious affection and disturbance. Currently in Lagos, the initiatives of the government to improve public welfare have been geared greatly towards solving the problems associated with urban and infrastructure decay. Series of public developments like road expansions have been embarked upon, thereby disturbing several land owners. This paper aims at demonstrating the adequacy of compulsory compensation policy on injuriously affected land owners within Victoria Island, Lagos. The study also makes corresponding clarifications with acquiring authorities, on a study population within a prestigious socio-economic status. Data collection was based on a survey which adopted the use of questionnaires, and structured interviews. Results revealed the opinions of various stakeholders in the process and deficiencies in the process amongst others. This study will serve as a guide for urban land management planning and development.

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