Public-Private Connection in Urban Displacement: A Case Study of Lagos State

The names of certain private actors, notably popular chieftaincy families in Lagos, are often mentioned in most of the documented eviction exercises carried out in Lagos’ informal settlements in the name of urban renewal. This research lifts the veil of urban renewal in order to interrogate and understand the roles private actors play in facilitating mass evictions…

Cities for Profit Vs. Cities for People

Do economic transactions affect citizens’ constitutional rights to public space? With the influx of private investments in real estate and mega project development—such as the Eko Atlantic City and the Lekki Free Trade Zone—what are the emerging tensions between private investments and public interests? How does the Cities for Profit vs. Cities for People narrative play out in the Lagos…

What Should an Eviction Guideline Contain?

In Lagos, developing the capital city’s infrastructure remains a priority for the Lagos State Government. This official commitment toward infrastructure provisioning has often resulted in mass evictions and large-scale displacement of city inhabitants, especially the urban poor who live in the informal settlements, also known as slums. There is currently no legal framework that espouses how…

CAAD Elects EXCO; Sets Agenda

Communities Alliance Against Displacement (CAAD) held its first general meeting on February 23, 2017, with 23 community representatives in attendance. The meeting drew participation from displaced communities, including those settlements in Lagos threatened with forced evictions such as Mowo-Phase2, Ajeromi (Badia-East), Ebute-Metta (West), Otodo-gbame, Atikporome, Araromi-Ale, Otto-Ilogbo, Adekunle Makoko and Toluwani communities.   Election of CAAD…

Communities Alliance against Displacement (CAD) Launched

Leaders and representatives of slum and displaced communities across Lagos have come together under one banner–‘Communities Alliance against Displacement’ (CAD)–to develop a common agenda for tackling forced evictions and mass displacements in the state. Launched on February 15, 2017, CAD is a loose network of community organizations pooling together their resources to address the land…

15th Lagos Housing Fair

Focusing attention on local content in the provision of housing is the theme of the 2016 Lagos Housing Fair (LHF) held in Lagos. The event held which started on April 25, 2016, brought together city planners,  urban experts, state officials, exhibitors, and manufacturers of local building products in Nigeria.  LHF’s core objective is premised on the…

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT: THOUSANDS OF EVICTEES SUFFER HOMELESSNESS & LOSS OF LIVELIHOOD AFTER IJORA BADIA FORCED EVICTIONS

Friends of Badia East from across the civil society have come together to strongly condemn the forced evictions that began in Badia East, Lagos State, on 18 September 2015. Once again, thousands of families have been rendered homeless at the peak of torrential rainfall, leaving scores of women and children to sleep under makeshift shelters…