Six cities in Nigeria already have more than one million inhabitants. With more than 15 million inhabitants, the metropolis of Lagos is the most populous conurbation in sub-Saharan Africa, even though it constitutes just 1 percent of Nigeria’s land area. Unbalanced population distribution combined with high urbanization rates (in 2008, the rates for Benin City and Abuja were 2.94 and 8.32 percent, respectively) create intense problems for the development agenda. Meanwhile, urgently needed investments in housing, infrastructure, services, and livelihoods remain absent. In the 1980s, the government planned about 280,000 housing units, and the Ministry of Housing, Urban Development, and the Environment was created. However, not even one-quarter of the ministry’s objectives were achieved.
Phase 1: Urban profiling – completed
Phase 2: Action planning and programme document formulation – ongoing
Phase 3: Project implementation – forthcoming