Article Number: DRJPHET073519486
ISSN: 2734-2182

Vol. 7(5), Pp. 68-74, May 2022

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Original Research Article

Environmental Effects of Abandoned Building Projects in Edo State, Nigeria

Aiminhiefe, Margaret I.


This study examined the environmental effect of abandoned building project in Edo state, Nigeria. Four research questions were raised and answered in this study. Descriptive research design was used while the sample size consists of 62 building stakeholder (quantity surveyors, engineers, architects, and builders) selected from five major cities across the three senatorial district of Edo state. A purposive sampling technique was used in the selection of the sample size for the study. The research instrument was a structured questionnaire tagged “the Effect of an Abandoned Building Project Questionnaire”. The reliability test of the instrument was also carried out using the internal consistency reliability method. The tests yielded reliability coefficients of values of 0.67, 0.77, 0.76, and 0.80 for sections A, B, C and D of the instrument respectively, indicating that the instrument was quite reliable for the study. Questionnaires were given out to quantity Surveyors, Engineers, Architects, and Builders who have worked for at least five years in Edo state. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The findings of the study show that environmental effects of abandoned building projects in Edo State include increased rate of uncontrolled and unsupervised garbage disposal while social effects of abandoned building projects include threat to community security.  Health-related effects of abandoned building project are increased health challenges and rapid spread of diseases. Economic effects of abandoned building projects can lead to reduction in revenue from property tax, wastage of financial and material resources by the owner, loss of economic value for the building area, decrease in property values in the immediate neighborhood, reduction of employment opportunities among others. Based on the findings it was recommended among others that the government should put in place policies to help reduce the rate of abandonment of building projects.

Abandon building, Edo State, environment, Nigeria

 Received: April 5, 2022  Accepted: May 3, 2022  Published: May 9, 2022

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