Empirical Study on Factors Responsible for Housing Project Abandonment in Nigeria: Bauchi Metroplis in Viewpoint
This paper investigated the likely problems resulted from the abandoned housing projects in Nigeria with special considerations to Bauchi metropolis as an emergent urban area. Abandoned housing projects are an alarming phenomenon that existed for decades in Nigeria. This occurred due to different factors such as, the poor quality control by regulatory agencies; the lack of access to credit facilities, inflations, corruption, communication gaps among the personnel, the cost of building materials, and the inability of clients to engage contractors or designers’ capabilities, etc. The objectives of this research study were to determine the factors responsible for the abandonment projects, to identify the consequences of the abandoned projects. The adopted method was quantitative; the population of the targeted respondents was gotten through BSDB. The primary data was collected using structural questionnaires.346 questionnaires were distributed across the study area, and 285 were retrieved. The primary data was analysed, and the discussion of the results revealed that the abandoned housing projects caused a lot of harm in the neighbourhood, like criminal hideouts and unsecured areas. It was revealed that inflation caused the housing project to be abandoned. It was concluded that the government should intervene through the implementation of housing development regulations, and concerned agencies should be alert most especially the Bauchi State Development Board on the economic capabilities of the intended homeowners. More again, other relevant agencies strictly implementing the condition for housing development should contain the rules for housing development. The individuals should be enlightened on the problems caused by these abandoned housing projects for the neighbourhood.