ASSESSMENT OF HOUSING QUALITY IN OSUN STATE, NIGERIA

Owolabi, Babatunde Oluwaseyi, PhD

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria Email: babatundeoluwaseyi@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT This study focused on housing quality in Osogbo Local Government with the aim to assess the quality of residential housing in Osogbo Local Government, with a view of suggesting a sustainable housing quality for the people therein. The study examined; housing conditions, in-house facilities situation, as well as the socio-economic status on housing quality among sample respondents in Osogbo Local Government. Both primary and secondary data were used. Quantitative as well as qualitative analysis were done. A total number of 210 questionnaires were administered using multi-stage sampling. Systematic random sampling was employed in which the whole local government was stratified into fifteen (15) geo political wards namely; Ataoja “A”, Ataoja “B”, Ataoja “C”, Ataoja “D”, Ataoja “E”, OtunJagun B, Alagbaa, Are-Ago, Jagun “A”, Jagun “B”, Baba Kekere, OtunJagun “A”, Eketa, OtunBalogun “A” and Ekerin according to the documented planning board records. Out of these wards, twelve come under high density; two of these wards are medium density while the remaining one is low density. Therefore, six (6) wards were selected at random, to give every ward and buildings equal chance to be selected. They are Ekerin, Ataoja “A”, Ataoja “B”, Ataoja “D”, Ataoja “E” and Baba Kekere, in each ward; the first building was sampled at random while the subsequent buildings were chosen systematically after every tenth (10th) building. The study employed both descriptive and inferential statistics for analysis. For instance, charts, percentages, etc., were the descriptive statistics used while inferential statistics such as Likert scale was used to explain respondents’ perceptions of condition of houses sampled in the study area. The result of the analysis, it was shown and clear that the quality of housing in Osogbo Local Government is not encouraging and this is due to the low level of income been earned by the inhabitants, the highest number of respondents falls within the income is 31%.The study therefore recommends the important way of improving housing quality in areas where there are dilapidated structures may involve the use of housing micro-finance which consist mainly of giving loans to low-income earners. And also both the state and local government should embark upon programmes that will encourage provision of social facilities. This should include pipe-borne water, public toilet facilities and effective waste disposal system.

Key words: Assessment, Housing, Quality, Ondo State, Nigeria

Cite this article: Oluwaseyi, O.B. (2019). Assessment of Housing Quality in Osun State, Nigeria. European International Journal of Science and Technology, 8(5), 69-102.