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Title:The Urban Compounds of Kainji Resettlement Scheme, Nigeria
Author:Mills-Tetty, Ralph
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly
Period:February and May
Geographic term:Nigeria
agricultural projects
housing policy
Urbanization and Migration
Abstract:The construction of the Kainji dam in Nigeria resulted in the submersion of several settlements under the river Niger. In the Kainji resettlement scheme two policies were used in succession: cash compensation and building compensation (compensation in kind) for the loss of villages and livelihoods. After the initial setbacks of the cash compensation policy, building compensation was used to rehouse almost 95 percent of the people of the Kainji Lake Basin. The consulting architect made a study of existing forms, layouts and densities of the villages and decided to maintain existing patterns in planning the resettlement townships. These patterns and the planning forms were divided into four basic types of settlement, namely, urban, semiurban, semirural, and rural. Special attention is paid to the New Bussa resettlement, where the houses were conceived as compounds to house individual households and by and large duplicated the space and number of rooms the relocatees had in the old township. Although several problems exist with respect to the rooms and the compounds (related to design or lack of maintenance by the occupants), the people prefer these houses to their former ones. Ref., sum.