Residents’ Satisfaction with Security in Public Housing in Lagos, Nigeria: The Gender Perspective
Foluke O. Jegede1, Eziyi O. Ibem2, Adedapo A. Oluwatayo3

1Foluke O. Jegede, Department of Architecture, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.
2Eziyi O. Ibem, Department of Architecture, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.
3Adedapo A. Department of Architecture, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.
Manuscript received on 07 April 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 20 April 2019 | Manuscript published on 30 April 2019 | PP: 375-382 | Volume-8 Issue-6, April 2019 | Retrieval Number: F3522048619/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: Public housing is a form of housing delivery that depends on the use of public resources. However, the nature of such housing schemes, in terms of design, planning and locations could create security challenges within and around the neighbourhoods where they are located. In such a situation, women are presumed to be more vulnerable to security challenges than their men counterparts. Therefore, the key research question this study sought to address was: How does the satisfaction with the level of security within public housing environment vary amongst female and male residents? To address this question, a questionnaire survey of residents of 1036 residents in 14 mass housing estates developed in Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria by the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC) was conducted. The data were analysed using simple descriptive statistics and ANOVA, and it was that more female than male residents expressed satisfaction with general security of lives and property in the housing estates. It was also observed that a higher percentage of the male than the female residents were satisfied with security at most of locations within the housing estates. Although the highest proportions of the male and female respondents were satisfied with security within their apartments, the least proportion of the male and female respondents were satisfied with security at refuse dump sites and drinking spots, respectively. Difference in satisfaction with security at drinking spots between the male and female residents was found to be statically significant. This study implies that the sense of security among the male and female population in the same home environment varies, and thus there is a need for public housing developers to understand areas to strengthen to improve the sense of security of both male and female residents.
Keyword: Gender, Public Housing, Satisfaction, Security
Scope of the Article: Bio-Science and Bio-Technology