Implications of COVID–19 Outbreak on the Construction and Property Development Sector in the South-East Nigeria

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Uche Felix Ikechukwu
Chinwe Ngozi Odimegwu

Abstract

Pandemic like Covid-19 usually affects the productivity of man, let alone when there is a consequent total lock-down effect in the society. Construction and property development sector among others therefore is bound to suffer enormously since it involves the services of variety of labour force. The study therefore explores the implication and consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak on the construction and property development sector in the south eastern region of Nigeria. Data were collected electronically using field survey method of research design from the sampled respondents of building professionals in the area. Tau-b correlation method was adopted in the statistical analyses to determine the most commonly observed Covid-19 measures, most common vulnerable factors leading to spread and contraction of the pandemic in the study. Findings reveal that majority of the establishment in the area shutdown their operations according to the directive of the government; while about the three quarter of these establishments who were in active operations are observed as public owned corporations or projects. It is also discovered that hand washing, wearing of face mask and social distancing were mostly complied with. On the other hand, economic hardship, inflation, and difficulty in accessibility to fund noticeably affect the flow and progress of work projects. Despite the considerable compliance with the preventive measures, there is no significant relationship between conformity to social distancing and shut-down policy, and the volume of construction works in progress during the shut-down in the study area. In conclusion therefore, it is recommended that shut-down of economic activities should not be total but, in part and alternate form among the various sections of the economic activities within the society. Attention to the operations of the private construction and property development projects like in the and the public structure is also recommended for a more holistic arrangement, towards cushioning the effect of similar economic crisis occasioned by any pandemic like Covid-19 in general.

Keywords:
Construction and property development sector, COVID-19, shut-down, COVID-19 preventive measures and compliance.

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Ikechukwu, U. F., & Odimegwu, C. N. (2021). Implications of COVID–19 Outbreak on the Construction and Property Development Sector in the South-East Nigeria. Journal of Scientific Research and Reports, 27(2), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.9734/jsrr/2021/v27i230354
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Original Research Article

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