Building Collapse: Don’t Demolish Without Safeguards, S4C Urges Lagos State Government ​

On March 15, 2019, SPACES FOR CHANGE wrote to the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABCA) and Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency (LASURA), demanding safeguards and social protections for those that may be affected by official measures to stem the tide of collapsed buildings in the state.  Should demolitions become inevitable, we specifically request LABCA to assess structures…

Improving the Performance of Imo State Urban Renewal Program

Imo State government has come under fire in recent times due to the state’s urban renewal programme which has triggered widespread demolitions, forced evictions and displacement across the entire state. Major markets, private residential and commercial buildings, public spaces and buildings, historical sites have all been demolished with scant evidence of compliance with due process,…

Averting Another Round of Forced Evictions in Badia Community

A government-community policy dialogue that SPACES FOR CHANGE brokered between the Nigerian Railway Corporation and Ijora-Badia residents have averted another round of evictions in the community.   Ijora Badia has been the theater of repeated demolitions, forced evictions of historic proportions, which have resulted in significant disruption of social and economic activities. When officials of…

PRESS CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS: Why Governor Ambode should rescind the decision to demolish Lagos waterfront communities

The October 10, 2016 press conference, held in Lagos, was a direct response to the Lagos State Government’s plans to demolish the typically informal structures—which Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode described has “shanties”—around the creeks and waterfronts housing thousands of the predominantly urban poor households and fishing communities in the state. The reason advanced for…

Senior citizens facing eviction at Alvan Staff Quarters!

Spaces for Change, the children and friends of AICE pensioners are deeply concerned about the continuing intimidation, land-grabbing, eviction threats and more particularly, the February 15, 2016 scheduled demolition of Shell Camp, Alvan Staff Quarters, Owerri ordered by Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.  Alvan Staff Quarters is home to the retired lecturers, professors and administrators…