The contribution of Public–Private Partnerships (PPPs) to improving accessibility of low-income earners to housing in southern Nigeria

  • Eziyi Offia IbemEmail author
Policy and Practice


Public–Private Partnership is a relatively new approach to housing provision and was introduced in Nigeria to address the burgeoning housing challenges. To date, little is known about the contribution of this approach to improving the chances of low-income earners in gaining access to decent and affordable housing in urban areas in this country. Based on data obtained from a survey of selected government housing agencies in six cities in southern Nigeria, this study found that the Public–Private-Partnership approach, like most previous public housing delivery strategies, has not made any significant contribution to housing low-income earners; rather it is skewed towards providing housing for high- and middle-income earners. This paper identifies the state-market structure of the Public–Private Partnerships and the absence of a National Policy on Public–Private Partnership in housing in Nigeria as being responsible for this development. It therefore suggests that the development and adoption of a uniform National Policy on Public–Private Partnership in housing, government provision of land at no cost to private developers, lowering of the high building standards, and incorporation of assisted-self-help and incremental housing into the Public–Private-Partnership housing delivery system will ensure better results.


Housing provision Low-income earners Public–Private Partnership Southern Nigeria Urban areas 



The author is grateful to Arc C.O. Odum of the Department of Architecture, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, for his comments on the first draft of this paper. Special thanks to Covenant University, Canaan Land- Ota, for the facilities and support that made this research possible.


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  1. 1.Department of Architecture, School of Environmental Studies, College of Science and TechnologyCovenant UniversityOtaNigeria

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