Lagos Land Use Charge Law 2018: Implications for Access to Land and Housing

How will the recently-passed Lagos State Land Use Charge Law (LUCL) 2018 affect access to land and housing for low-income earners, including residents of informal communities in Lagos State? This was the objective of the March 22, 2018 community outreach organized by Communities Alliance against Displacement (CAD) and SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C in Okobaba community, Mainland…

Securing Better Compensation Terms for Akpata-Oro Community

On February 19, 2018. some unidentified persons stormed Apata-Oro community, painting red marks on buildings in the community without formally introducing themselves to the property owners/occupiers or the community leaders or giving prior notice of the purpose of their visit. Residents became apprehensive because red marks on buildings often signaled an imminent demolition exercise, including…

Mbaise Women Organize for Community Development

103 women of Umuanuma community in Nguru, Aboh-Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, gathered on February 16, 2018 for a one-day community outreach on fiscal justice and community organizing. The outreach designed to empower members of Umuanuma Women’s Association (UWA) had three primary objectives: to educate on how to organize themselves to advance their community developmental…

Challenging Frequent Police Raids in Urban Slums

  Young people living in the slums and informal settlements have one major pain: they are stereotyped and negatively labelled as criminals. These stereotypes and negative labels often provide justifications for security agents to frequently raid their homes and communities, arresting and detaining them in the disguise of fighting crime. Working in collaboration with SPACES…

Enough! Stop criminalizing young people living in the slums!

Miscreants. Street urchins. Drug addicts. Criminals. Thugs. Prostitutes. These are examples of the negative adjectives commonly used to describe young people living in urban slums and informal settlements. Labeling them in this manner often provides justification for security agents to routinely raid the spaces and places where they live, leading to the arrest and detention…

It is the elite versus the people

In this article, Carel Grol, a Dutch journalist writes about the mass demolition of informal settlements and replacing them with luxury villas… (Original article in Dutch published in Het Financieele Dagblad. Translated to English)   Aderemi Ilawole is dead. He was 74. He owned seven houses in Badia East, a small neighbourhood alongside the railway lines…