Abuja Land Swap Initiative: The Challenges Within

Under the Land Swap Initiative (LSI), 3302.49 hectares of land belonging to 22 (Twenty Two) predominantly poor indigenous villages and communities in the  Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been compulsorily taken away,  partitioned and parceled out to 13 (Thirteen) private property developers despite heightened due-process concerns regarding the handling of important issues around land, resettlement,…

LOW-COST HOUSING: ALTERNATIVES TO FORCED EVICTIONS

By Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri Recently, densely-populated Lagos slums, Makoko and Badia painfully faced the wrath of the Lagos State government’s bulldozers, rendering thousands of families, including women and children homeless during the rainy season. Forced evictions, including the demolition of areas predominantly lived by the poor have increasingly become an urban re-engineering tool in Nigeria, with…

STOP THE DEMOLITIONS! END THE VIOLENCE NOW!!!

S SPACES FOR CHANGE’s just-released research study, “Demolishing Foundations of Peace” documents and critically examines the systematic pattern of forced evictions and house demolitions in Nigeria, perpetrated by both city planners and security forces, in the name of “improving national security”. Across many states of Nigeria, especially in the northern part of the country, buildings…