Abstract: Growth in cities is accelerated by the willingness of citizen and government to alienate land for development purposes. Land alienation is high in Akure-the capital of Ondo State of Nigeria-leading to a fast pace of development especially, in the residential segment of the local housing market. This development is particularly true for the period between 1999 and 2003- the first term of the Obasanjo civilian regime in Nigeria. Ipso facto, this paper examines some features of alienated land in Akure between 1999 and 2003. Data and information were sourced using the questionnaire through the stratified Random Sampling Technique from 60 land agents. Analysis was carried out using simple frequency Tables. Data analysis shows that; (a) More than 70% of land alienated were in private layouts (b) Land alienated remain high but quite unsteady (c) alienated plots were disproportionately sold at very high prices thereby lessening affordability (d) Half of sold land were not developed (e) Medium-sized plot sold more than either the low or large density plots and (f) Less than 50% of alienated land got title registration pre or post-development. Suggestions for policy adjustments are offered based on research findings.
Fasakin, J. O. and O.T. Ogunmakin , 2006. Some Characteristics of Alienated Land for Residential Development in Akure, Nigeria (1999-2003). The Social Sciences, 1: 72-76.