Social sustainability under threat: a case of two collapsed buildings in Lagos, Nigeria

Andrew Ebekozien, Clinton Aigbavboa, Mohamad Shaharudin Samsurijan

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Abstract

Purpose: Housing provision and the neighbourhood's safety are significant social sustainability concerns. If structural issues are not well checked, housing provision and the neighbourhood's safety may become threatened, especially in Lagos State, Nigeria. Thus, this study aims to investigate the perceived root cause of collapsed buildings at the construction stage using two case studies, its effect on social sustainability aspects and suggested measures to mitigate future happening and enhance achieving social sustainability aspects goals. Design/methodology/approach: The researchers collected data from Nigeria's built environment experts and eyewitnesses/employees of selected cases of collapsed buildings. The study adopted a phenomenology type of qualitative research design and analysed collated data via thematic analysis and achieved saturation. The analysed data created three themes. Findings: Results reveal that inadequate heavy equipment and personnel incapacitated relevant government agencies are responsible for handling emergency and rescue during building projects collapse. Preliminary findings show developers' greed and systematic failures as the root cause of Nigeria's building project collapse (BPC). It categorised the root causes into three groups (developer's related-cause, design team related-cause and government entities related-cause). The study suggested measures to mitigate future happening. The emerged measures were grouped into a penalty, regulatory, byelaw act, technical and safety measures. Originality/value: This study contributes to curbing the threat to social sustainability of housing provision in cities. It reveals the underlying perceived root cause of collapsed buildings in Nigeria's building industry. Also, it suggested feasible measures to mitigate BPC. These measures may be modified and adopted by other developing countries facing similar challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-453
Number of pages23
JournalProperty Management
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2023

Keywords

  • Building collapse
  • Nigeria
  • Policies
  • Safety
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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