Perception of Housing Quality by Residents and Non Residents of Ibara Housing Estate, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria
AbstractThis study examined the perception of housing quality by residents and non residents of Ibara housing estate, Abeokuta. Data for the study were obtained from both primary and secondary sources. The questionnaire targeted the residents and non-residents and was administered using systematic random sampling method on household heads living in one out of every fifth (5th) house located in the identified three (3) zones in the study area: staff quarters, corporation quarters and site and services residential area of the housing estate selected, and likewise for the non-residents. A total of 85 residents household heads were selected, likewise 85 non-residents (relatives and friends of the residents) were also selected for questionnaire administration. Both descriptive and inferential techniques of data analysis were employed. The study established that the condition of the building elements (roofs, walls, floors windows, doors, toilets/bathrooms, lighting and ceiling) was perceived by the residents to be of good condition (4.21). While the non-residents perceived it to be fair in condition (3.25). Also, residents and non-residents of the estate were fairly satisfied with facilities and services in the estate (3.65 and 3.39 respectively). The dwellers and non-dwellers of the housing estate were satisfied with their dwellings and its environment (3.78 and 3.18 respectively). The paper advocated the need for involvement of the public in housing provision decision since they are the beneficiaries, as this will go a long way in the provision of more quality housing that will meet the people’s need and aspiration.
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