Title: Operational framework for sustainable social (public) housing estate management in Nigeria

Authors: Paulinus Woka Ihuah; David Eaton

Addresses: Department of Estate Management, Faculty of Environmental Science, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, P.M.B. 5080, Port Harcourt, Nigeria ' The School of the Built Environment, Maxwell Building, University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT, UK

Abstract: Maintainable management of public housing property and that for the benefits sustainability in Nigeria is unquestionable because of the persisting deplorable conditions of public housing property, resulting principally from the lack of a sustainable post-construction management strategy. Both qualitative and quantitative instruments in research were adopted and the results interpretation embraced a triangulation stance, using content analysis techniques. Effective integration of the: essential sustainability factors; appropriate estate management method; appropriate housing maintenance management approach; and relevant stakeholders' involvement; should improve social (public) housing estates situation. An operational framework for the post-construction management of public housing property for the benefits of sustainability in the built environment is proposed. Reconnoitring these areas assists to underscore the necessity of the relevant stakeholders' inputs in public housing property post-construction management. It further assist to changing the current unsustainable cultural attitudes of public housing authorities staff in housing management to more sustainable ways in Nigeria.

Keywords: estate management; maintenance management; operational framework; social housing; sustainable management; stakeholder involvement; Nigeria; public housing; content analysis; sustainability; housing maintenance; built environment; cultural attitudes.

DOI: 10.1504/AJESD.2016.076085

African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development, 2016 Vol.5 No.2, pp.103 - 118

Received: 05 Jun 2015
Accepted: 08 Jun 2015

Published online: 23 Apr 2016 *

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