Impact of Socio-Economic Characteristics on the Quality of Housing Environment in Ikom Urban, Cross River State, Nigeria
Agbor, Emmanuel Ajom (Ph.D), Ojikpong, Benedict Ejue (Ph.D), Inah Okon (Ph.D), Obia, Ajah Ekpeni (Ph.D)

The aim of the study is to assess the quality of the housing environment in Ikom Urban. The specific objective is to determine the impact of socio-economic characteristics on the quality of housing environment in the study area. Data were collected through the use of questionnaire using the systematic sampling technique. A total of 500 copies of the questionnaire were administered to respondents for socio-economic data and 480 were returned. The multiple regression analysis technique was adopted to test the study hypothesis. The study revealed a poor quality housing environment characterized by dilapidated housing units lacking basic facilities and services. It is recommended that urban renewal schemes be adopted to improve the quality of the housing environment and to provide adequate and affordable housing accommodation in the area. The study also recommended the creation of employment opportunities to enhance the socio-economic life of the residents in the study area.

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