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APPRAISING LAND ACCESSIBILITY UNDER THE LAND USE ACT (L.U.A)

ABSTRACT

The Land Use Act was used to assess land accessibility in this study. Lagos state was chosen as the case study region for this research, with special focus paid to the following local government areas in the state: Lagos-Island local government, Apapa local government, Mushin Local Government, and Ikeja local government.

A total of 80 questionnaires were distributed, with 20 distributed to each local authority and 65 questionnaires recovered. The following is the technique for basic random selection: A list of 80 possible respondents was compiled in Lagos from the four local government regions listed above, all of which have knowledge of land accessibility, and a judgmental sampling technique was employed to pick the study’s final sample, i.e. the division of the population.

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

Access to urban land, particularly for housing, commercial, industrial, recreational, and other urban development projects such as infrastructure and social facilities, is now a concern in Nigeria. Because of the persistent shortage of urban land, prices have skyrocketed, leaving most city dwellers fearful that they would never be able to afford a home. Some people who obtain urban land, particularly through land-owning families, pay twice or three times the cost of the land, depending on how many floors they wish to build. In many sections of Lagos, this has become the norm. This demonstrates that land is in high demand in the Lagos city.

Land thugs are having a field day in the city since urban land is not easily accessible. The Act declared all lands in the country to be nationalized (Iseh2003). The execution of the Land Use Act has an impact on land access in Nigeria. So far, it appears that its operations have generated more bottlenecks (Omirin 2003). The Land Use Act wreaked havoc on land management throughout the country (Mabogunje, 20003). Land speculation, extortion, and thuggery had all been on the rise (Udo, 1996). Though there have been few studies on land accessibility under the Lagos Land Use Act. The purpose of this research is to assess land accessibility in Lagos under the Land Use Act.

STATEMENT OF PROBLEM

In order to meet their economic and social requirements and ambitions, an increasing part of the world’s fast growing population is striving to do so in cities. The massive influx of people into cities and towns has most likely resulted in an uncontrollable urban expansion, a population explosion unequaled in history, and increased demands on urban infrastructure. As the world’s population grows, so does the need for urban land. As a result, the demand for land is significantly greater than the availability. Its physical supply is extremely restricted, despite the fact that demand for its use is growing on a daily basis. As indicated in the introduction to this study, one of Nigeria’s current problems is gaining access to urban land. In every culture, land is a crucial concern. It has an impact.

Access to urban land, particularly for housing, commercial, industrial, recreational, and other urban development projects such as infrastructure and social amenities, is currently a problematic issue in Nigeria. Prices have skyrocketed as a result of the chronic shortage of urban land, leaving most city dwellers fearful of never owning a home. Some people who obtain urban land, particularly through land-owning families, pay twice or three times the cost of the land, depending on the number of floors they want to construct. In many parts of Lagos, this has become customary. This demonstrates how fierce the competition for land in Lagos is.

Land thugs are having a field day because urban land is difficult to come by in the city.

OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY

The purpose of this study is to assess land accessibility in Lagos under the Land Use Act (L.U.A). The following objectives shall be diligently pursued in order to attain the above stated goal.

1. Examine Lagos’s land accessibility prior to the Land Use Act.

 

2. Assess land accessibility in Lagos in accordance with the Land Use Act.

 

3. Evaluate the impact of the Lagos Land Use Act on land accessibility.

 

4. Examine land accessibility in Lagos in light of the Act.

RESEARCH QUESTIONS

For this study, the following research questions are pertinent.

1. What was the state of land accessibility in Lagos prior to the Land Use Act?

2. How does the Land Use Act affect land accessibility in Lagos?

3. What are the implications of the Lagos Land Use Act for land accessibility?

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

Land, which includes those things permanently bonded by nature, such as trees and water, and extends below to the earth’s center and upward to infinity, is an essential issue in every culture. This is because it has an impact on all aspects of man’s life, including social, cultural, economic, political, religious, and other activities.

As indicated in the introduction of this study, one of Nigeria’s current problems is obtaining urban land, particularly for housing, commercial, industrial, recreational, and other urban development projects. Land is in scarce supply, and there is fierce rivalry for what is available, resulting in high land prices. The land use Act was promulgated three decades ago to address these problems. There is therefore need

SCOPE OF THE STUDY

The study’s scope includes land accessibility in Lagos. The study is designed to identify land in Lagos, examine the Land Use Act, examine land accessibility in Lagos prior to the Land Use Act, appraise land accessibility in Lagos under the Land Use Act, analyze land accessibility in Lagos under the act through structured questionnaires, and make conclusions and recommendations based on the analyzed questionnaires under the Land Use Act. The study, however, covers both the state’s island and mainland.

DEFINITION OF TERMS

Land, which includes those things permanently bonded by nature, such as trees and water, and extends downward to the earth’s core and upward to infinity, is a crucial issue in any culture. This is due to the fact that it has an impact on all aspects of human life, including social, cultural, economic, political, religious, and other activities.

As previously stated in the context of this study, access to urban land, particularly land for housing, commercial, industrial, recreational, and other urban development projects, is now a concern in Nigeria. Land is in low supply, and there is fierce rivalry for what is available, resulting in sky-high land prices. To address these issues, Congress passed the Land Use Act three decades ago. As a result, it’s necessary.

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