Construction industry post-COVID-19 recovery: Stakeholders perspective on achieving sustainable development goals

Andrew Ebekozien, Clinton Aigbavboa, Marvelous Aigbedion

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Many countries lockdown and safety guidelines enforcement due to Corona Virus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) affected the construction sector, which is one of the highest labour-intensive industries. Therefore, Nigeria’s COVID-19 scenario may hinder sustainable development goals projects connected with the construction sector. Hence, this study investigated the challenges faced during the pandemic and proffer feasible solutions through the stakeholders’ perspective to direct the post-COVID-19 recovery phase into a sustainable path for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) connected to the construction sector. This was conducted in sequence. First, the face-to-face interviews and results from the qualitative phase were further analysed through a questionnaire survey within Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. Findings suggest management efficiency improvement, construction companies accelerate rollout and adoption of digitalisation technologies with government support, new skill-building on new tools and technologies, and government should increase the budget on infrastructure facilities as part of the feasible solutions to direct the post-COVID-19 recovery phase to achieve SDGs. In conclusion, the outcome of this paper will shed light on how collaboration with relevant stakeholders and the use of 4IR technologies can stir up attaining the SDGs associated with the sector in the post-COVID-19 recovery era.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1376-1386
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Construction Management
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • COVID-19
  • Construction
  • Nigeria
  • mixed-method research design
  • stakeholders
  • sustainable development goals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Strategy and Management


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