The changing fortunes of Ilubirin


Once a squalor and unfit for human habitation, Ilubirin is gradually being turned into an abode for the young, upwardly mobile Nigerians. It is fast becoming an economic hub with an exciting new water front district on the shore for the middle class, OKWY IROEGBU-CHIKEZIE reports

 

IT may not have been listed as one of the top nine slums in the state, but Ilubirin, located on Lagos Island, occupies a space in the over 36 slums that have been identified in Lagos State. Areas like Agege, Ajegunle, Amukoko, Badia, Bariga, Bodija, Ijeshatedo/Itire, Ilaje, Iwaya, Makoko, Mushin, Somolu and Ikorodu remain high on the rankings in this category.

A slum, as defined by a United Nations agency, UN-Habitat, is a run-down area of a city characterised by substandard housing, squalor, and lacking in tenure security. According to the United Nations, between 1990 and 2005, the percentage of urban dwellers living in slums decreased from 47 per cent to 37 per cent in the developing world. However,…



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