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Title:Neighbourhood disintegration, economic losses and the perpetuation of urban poverty: an appraisal of a forced relocation in Nigeria
Authors:Agbola, TundeISNI
Jinadu, A.
Periodical:The Nigerian Geographical Journal
Geographic term:Nigeria
informal settlements
Abstract:The most visible consequence of continued urbanization is the proliferation of slum and squatter settlements with its attendant problems. Many of these unplanned developments have become permanent features of many cities in Nigeria. In Lagos metropolitan area alone, a 1981 World Bank-assisted urban renewal project identified 42 blighted areas, among which Maroko was rated the worst. The problems of these poverty enclaves have continued to occupy centre stage in the minds of planners and administrators alike. Most approaches to the problem have involved outright demolition resulting in forced evictions in the 1980s which culminated in the devastating eviction of Maroko in 1990. This paper studies Maroko evacuees five years after their forced evacuation and forced relocation in different parts of the Lagos metropolis and analyses the effects of the eviction on the socioeconomic lives of the evacuees. It pays attention to the loss of lives and properties; effects on economic activities; effects on house rent; effects on childrens' education; and effects on family and friendship ties. Bibliogr.