Nigeria's housing shortage worsening

The real estate market is hobbled by a dearth of home loans, high interest rates, poverty and the African continent's second most expensive property prices

Published Mon, Feb 10, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[LAGOS] ESTHER Macully used all of her 1.5-metre frame to face down a bulldozer and save her freezer from being destroyed as a wrecking crew guarded by armed security forces razed her home in Nigeria's Badia East slum.

While she salvaged the cooler, the 40-year-old is still waiting for the Lagos state government to fulfil a pledge to help replace the home she used as a store to sell beverages and food. The wooden shack was flattened last February along with the dwellings of thousands of others that authorities said were moved for a housing project that's yet to get off the ground.

"We can't be living in this kind of condition forever," Ms Macully said as she prepared to move back home about 161km east of Lagos. "We're citizens of Nigeria. Let them have mercy on us."

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