FIG Peer Review Journal


Land Management Gaps Accounting for Persistent Open-Air Trading in Rural Markets of North-Central Nigeria (6435)

Joseph Obaje Ataguba (Nigeria)
Mr. Joseph Obaje Ataguba
Department of Estate Management, School of Environ
The Federal Polytechnic, Idah
Dept. of Estate Mgt.,The Federal Polytechnic, Idah
P.M.B. 1037,
Corresponding author Mr. Joseph Obaje Ataguba (email: josephtgb81[at], tel.: +2348054836207)

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Published on the web 2013-03-08
Received 2012-10-21 / Accepted 2013-02-02
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2013
ISBN 978-87-92853-05-9 ISSN 2307-4086


Rural markets in North-Central Nigeria have played crucial role in the distribution of farm produce, industrial raw materials and household goods. However, the persistence of open-air trading and its attendant risks call for land management interventions. Using a case study of Ajaka market in North-Central Nigeria, primary data were harnessed from stakeholders comprising market traders, customers, and the local premises managers. Findings indicated that the top-five drivers of persistent open-air trading comprise absence of formal space planning standards, violation of easements, absence of modern infrastructure, and poor development. In response to these and other land management gaps, six major toolkits proffered by stakeholders to address this gap include space management, development control, land allocation, market redevelopment, dispute resolution, and land use mapping and planning. In addition, one-way ANOVA tests indicated a consensus among the stakeholders with respect to land management gaps and toolkits for intervention. It was recommended that these toolkits for intervention should be implemented in phases and in consultation with all stakeholders in order to uplift the status of rural markets and ameliorate the persistence of open-air trading. The study was concluded by urging stakeholders to hold local government councils accountable for the revenue generated from rural markets as these funds could be used to defray the cost of implementing each land management toolkit.
Keywords: Land management; Open-air trading; Rural markets; Ajaka market