Challenges of the Nigerian Construction Industry: A Systematic Review

Olabode Ogunmakinde, William Sher, Kim Maund

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The fragmented nature of construction industry around the world allows for many active players which contributes to the enormous challenges faced today. These challenges vary across nations but some are more specific to developing nations. In Nigeria, the challenges of the construction industry are enormous and may be responsible for the slow adaptation of sustainable construction. This paper attempts to identify exploratory research design where data derived from systematic review of literature was adopted. The study identified challenges such as lack of synergy, material shortage, unethical practices, unstable price of materials, project delays, and poor management. These challenges are categorised into industry, firms, project, and government-based. Practical solutions including compulsory continuing professional development (CCPD), incentives, and establishment of construction material price monitoring units were proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYRSB19 – IISBE Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building 2019
EditorsKateřina Sojková, Julie Železná, Petr Hajek, Jan Tywoniak, Antonín Lupíšek
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherCzech Technical University
ISBN (Electronic)978-80-01-06610-2
ISBN (Print)978-80-01-06610-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


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