Applying Last Planner in the Nigerian Construction Industry

Ismail Adamu1 & Gregory Howell2

1Ph.D. Research in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Project Manager Yobe State Construction, Nigeria, [email protected]
2President, Lean Construction Institue, Box 1003, Ketchum, ID 83340. +1-208/726-9989; [email protected]


The Nigerian construction industry has yet to adapt Lean Construction modern to eliminate or minimize waste and improve value. This makes shelter unaffordable to low-income citizens. This paper reports on and evaluates the effectiveness of implementing the Last Planner® System (LPS) in Nigeria by comparing it with the traditional method on construction of 300 housing units by the Yobe State Government of Nigeria in Damaturu. The effectiveness of LPS was measured in terms of time to complete 50 houses AND performance criteria. LPS proved superior even though most of the party‚Äôs involve were not familiar with it. Wider interest in applying LPS and Lean Construction in Yobe State has developed in the top management staff of the Ministry of Housing. It was concluded that effective training and implementation in the application of Lean Construction techniques will reduce waste and non-value-adding steps from planning and design through construction. This will increase value and reduce the exorbitant cost and time to deliver structures.


Lean Construction, Last Planner System, Traditional method, increasing value, reducing material and time waste, Planning Production, Improvement.



Adamu, I. & Howell, G. 2012. Applying Last Planner in the Nigerian Construction Industry, 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction , -.

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