International Journal of Physical and Human Geography (IJPHG)

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Urban Informal Sector

Examining and Suggesting Remedy to the Effects of Urban Informal Sector in Urban Residential Property Market in Bauchi Nigeria (Published)

The resident is the basic necessity to a better health delivery system not the clinic (WHO, 1999). Simply, only 25% to 30% Nigerians, typically highest government executives plus wealthy and privileged people enjoy a decent resident (Azzan et al 2005). The infinite bulk of households, especially those in an informal settlement, live in jammed conditions, surrounded by substandard houses, sometimes located in areas which do not offer satisfactory resistances against disease and other health hazards. Objectives of this article are: to investigate the contemporary practices of the urban residential property market in Bauchi, Nigeria; to examine the activities of the urban informal sector in the urban residential property market in Bauchi, Nigeria; and to assess the consequences of the activities of the urban informal sector in the urban residential property market in Bauchi, Nigeria. Review of relevant literatures ascertained that irregular settlements have become so prevalent that seem to outnumber the validly, legally, legitimately planned developments in the residential property markets in Bauchi, Nigeria (Chirisa, 2008). Their validity appears to be no longer in question. Unfortunately, the appalling and terrible environmental conditions related to informal sector activities and settlements create a major hazard to the well-being of metropolitan life. The weaknesses of government planning controls, and the disorganized developments connected with the informal sector have created confused and unhealthy urban environments. Conclusively, residential units constructed informally collapses regularly, claim innocent lives and waste wealth (Chirisa, 2008). Urban informal sector developments, especially those for residential purposes pose real deathtraps for the urban community chiefly for the urban meager who cannot afford the high cost of medication. The menace of the urban informal sector can therefore be addressed by providing a large quantity of cheap residential houses to the common man (Gerber, 2007).

Keywords: Consequences of the Effects, Effects Of The Informal Sector, Urban Informal Sector, Urban Residential Property Market

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