Citizens' Perception of Public Housing Delivery in Gombe Metropolis

Maryamu Sarki Othman


This research attempts to analyse people' perceptions of public housing delivery in the Gombe local government area of Gombe state. The research's basis emphasised housing supply as one of the most critical cardinal requirements of every person. Many Nigerian administrations have frequently shown an interest in providing homes for citizens. However, an examination of the government's previous efforts reveals that the success rate of the different public housing programs was low. Rapid urban growth and faster socio-economic development have exacerbated the scarcity of dwelling units, resulting in overcrowding, high rent, and slum and squatter settlements, all of which are evident aspects of metropolitan centres across the country. The previous administration's pervasive activity to construct mass housing did not provide results.

On the other hand, the actions of the public and commercial sectors in housing construction have resulted in significant progress. Over the years, Nigeria's housing policies have encouraged employers of labour in the public and private sectors to provide accommodation for their employees. Because the research instrument utilised was a questionnaire, the research technique used in this study was quantitative. There were 1,668 questionnaires distributed, and 1,319 were potentially recovered. Because the respondents were homogenous, the research procedures used were essential random sampling. The Gombe local government of Gombe State was chosen due to its distinctiveness and position in the state's financial operations. According to the study's findings, civil employees are the primary beneficiaries of public housing in the study region. Gender problems were also shown to play a significant impact in deciding access to public housing supply. The study also found that, due to the high cost of imported building materials and political and organisational obstacles, public housing agencies have delivered an insufficient number of low-quality, unaffordable housing units in the past. The research recommends that, even though the urbanisation process in Nigeria is irreversible, rather than allowing it to deteriorate into a developmental crisis, it must be transformed into possibilities for growth and development.


public housing; individual; government; housing needs; housing delivery

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