Okey Kalu

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Dissertation Title: Protecting the Human Rights to Adequate Housing of the Homeless in Nigeria: A Case Study of the Fourth Republic (1999-2015).

Dissertation Topic:

Homelessness in Nigeria has reached crisis levels. The homeless predicament in nearly all the metropolitan and small cities in the country has remained unabated. It has defied various government programs, policies and social initiatives adopted to address it. Additionally, abject poverty is prevalent among this vulnerable group and they equally lack basic social amenities and services such as health care, clean and safe water.

Nigeria’s failure to respond to the homelessness crisis is infringing upon its international obligations, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also violates the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights and the 1989 Constitution of Nigeria, specifically article number 17.2(d).

Regrettably ironic, Nigeria is richly endowed with resources and has one of the biggest and fastest growing economies in Africa. My project interrogates the prospect of protecting the right to adequate housing for poor communities in Nigeria in the fourth republic (1999 – 2015).

Thus, my thesis will, in the main, explores the adequacy or otherwise of the measures adopted to actualize the above right. Furthermore, it will assess the government’s current housing programs against the international benchmarks and will also attempt to make a comparative analysis of best practices and global trends in housing that have helped other States in meeting their obligation to provide adequate housing to their citizens.

It is hoped that lessons and experiences gleaned from other countries coupled with some home grown initaitives will help in isolating what factors are responsible for previous failures and how can they be mitigated. This is the problem this research intends to solve. It has been argued in the literature that bad governance, lack of political will and corruption have remained the major challenges to the protections of right to adequate housing in Nigeria. My research will problematize the above issues in order to establish the nexus or lack thereof between them and the endemic housing crisis.


  • LL.M in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) - National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Certificate on Positive Identity Politics - Boston College, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) Industrial Relations & Personnel Management - University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons) Political Sci/Admin Studies - University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant (TA) – York University 2015

Professional Experience

  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA)/ Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD UK and Ireland)
  • Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (IPMN)