People who live or grew up in places like Lekki-Lagos, G.R.A Port-Harcourt, Asokoro-Abuja, Satellite Town-Calabar, New Haven-Enugu, and some other sophisticated parts of Nigeria, will be marveled to find out about other places in the same city that are overcrowded, flooded, have dilapidated structures, stagnant waste and unhygienic environments. Every state in Nigeria including the federal capital, has at least one slum where poor people live in run-down houses way below the poverty line. Although some slums are worse than others, majority of them are water-logged and are used as alternative refuse dumps.
If Places like Abuja has slumps, it makes you wonder what the government is doing about them. But as is the norm in Nigeria, the rich will keep getting richer in their mansions, while the poor will keep wallowing in the slumps. Here, we have a list of slums in Nigeria, that you would not believe exist in cities where infrastructural development is at its peak. Some are indeed worse than others.
10. Edim Otop – Calabar
Edim Otop is a small community situated in the heart of Calabar, few kilometers away from Mageret Ekpo International Airport. This community is an overcrowded one and most families live together with their extended families in mini apartments. Residents of Edim Otop often experience land slides and road accidents due to the topography and location of the town. Despite being rich in agricultural products, most of these residents are poor and live below cleanliness level thereby reducing the place to a slum.
9. Abakpa-Nike – Enugu
Abakpa-Nike is located at the eastern part of Nigeria’s coal city, Enugu. The area is dominated by low-class residents who live in old houses and wear faded clothes. Due to the topography of Enugu, coal seems to be the most abundant element, and on the contrary, hinders the construction of water drilling facilities. Residents of Abakpa suffer a major lack of water among other necessary needs. While their counterparts in the urban parts of the city can afford to patronize tank water sellers, most Abakpa residents rely on rain and river water for domestic use.
8. Mushin – Lagos
Mushin, also known as “hustler city”, is the second most popular slum in Lagos. It has produced a couple of famous Nigerian Musicians who often times use the name in song lyrics to express how life in Mushin had been. Mushin is largely a congested residential area with inadequate sanitation and low-quality housing. It had 633,009 inhabitants at the 2006 Census and the number is on the rise every year.
7. Inyanya Labour Camp – Abuja
It is amazing that the country’s Capital with all of its sky scrappers and world-class hotels, has a slum in its midst. Inyanya Labor camp is Abuja’s filthiest slum. It was originally built by the Federal Government over 30 years ago to accommodate laborers who built the city. Over the years the place has downgraded as a result of the increasing large number of people living in the cluster with little or no means of taking care of themselves or their surroundings. Residents of Inyanya Camp can not afford three square meals, neither do they have money to send their children to good schools, therefore hope is the only thing that keeps them going.
6. Ajegunle – Lagos
Ajegunle is a district located at the heart of Lagos. It is the most popular slum in Nigeria and has produced notable footballers and musicians over the years. Popularly known as “AJ”, this slum is gradually outgrowing its indecent environmental nature, as former residents who have made wealth, and whose parents still live there are doing their quota to make the hood a better place to live in.