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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 1)
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Land Use Violations: Implications for Sustainable Development, The Case Study of the Federal Capital City Abuja, Nigeria

F.K. Omole
Corresponding Author:  Omole, Felix Kayode 

Key words:  Abuja, allocation, encroachment, land, Nigeria, violation, ,
Vol. 1 , (1): Page no: 31-37
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One of the biggest challenges facing Abuja residents in Nigeria is the inaccessibility to land and housing in the face of rapid urbanization. This paper focused on the causes of unauthorized use of land and the implication of unmet quest for land on sustainable city development in an economy where authority to land uses is vested in the government. In specific terms, the study was conducted in Abuja Municipal Area Council in Federal Capital Development Authority. The use of questionnaire, documentary analysis and observation were employed. Simply Chi-square, charts and tables were used for analysis. The data collected were analyzed using simple statistical instrument like bar chart, percentage and tables. The considerable gap between quest for land and land allocation found expression in land use violations, astronomical cost of rented dwellings and available land in the land market. Others are overcrowding, slums development and substandard housing. Observation also revealed conflicting spatial interactions borne by undue delay and speculations occasioned by government policies toward land allocation among others. This was evident by encroachment on land services such as sewer line, right of way, water pipeline and electric cable lines. The study suggests an urgent need to embark on land allocation policy reform and enactment of a law precluding allotees from selling land allocated them but return same to the public land pool to guide against exploitative land market prices that engender encroachment on land and unsustainable development.
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F.K. Omole, 2009. Land Use Violations: Implications for Sustainable Development, The Case Study of the Federal Capital City Abuja, Nigeria.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 1(1): Page no: 31-37.
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