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Abuja Internatio­nal Housing Show will address issues in housing sector — Adebayo

Abuja will host the 15th Abuja Internatio­nal Housing Show next week. The biggest housing fiesta in the country is expected to bring together local and internatio­nal stakeholde­rs, policymake­rs, real estate developers, building technology companies, materia

- By Vincent A. Yusuf

What is the idea behind the Abuja Internatio­nal Housing Show? The Abuja Internatio­nal Housing Show is meant to promote affordable housing in Nigeria. It is aimed at bringing together stakeholde­rs from all over the world to network, interact, discuss and come up with ideas to develop the sector. This is what we have been doing for the last 14 years. This edition that we’re planning is the 15th of the show. It is a neutral ground where estate surveyors can interact with quantity surveyors without rivalry. The show is like the bridge that links all the stakeholde­rs together; it is the platform where they meet every year to network and discuss for the whole week on one network, in one platform - not any platform of individual­s, but a platform that will bring everybody together to interact.

We’re also going to discuss latest innovation­s around the world on housing. These are the ideas we’re going to look into to see what is operationa­l in Nigeria, how do we make it operationa­l; these are the issues.

Shelter Afrique (the Pan Africa housing finance organisati­on), will be in attendance. Delegates will be coming from the states in Nigeria. We have notable internatio­nal speakers and we have not less than 352 exhibitors that have confirmed attendance.

What are the issues you will be discussing at this year’s edition? discussion. To this end, the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS), National Population Commission (NPC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Federal Ministry of Finance and many more have all been contacted and invited for us to discuss how we can get data. We can’t make any meaningful decisions if we don’t have data to play with. With data, we can know the category of people that need one bedroom; with data we can know the category of people that need three bedrooms, with data we can know the kind of houses to be built in Karimu, Mararaba, etc. With data we can know the kind of houses that the country needs across towns and cities.

The minister said that there are a lot of unoccupied houses, the unoccupied houses the minister is talking about have to do with big men’s houses. They’re the same people that can afford those houses and are the same people still affording the houses. The people that can’t afford the houses need someone to provide for them, the ones we’re talking about whenever we talk about houses, go to Masaka, go to Mararaba, go to OneMan Village, go to Suleja, go to Zuba, then you will understand that in one room, five people sleep in. In fact, I want to take you back to Abuja: go to Mabushi, you will get to know how people are living there, then when you now go to Oshodi, Lagos, you will also see how people are living, and that is the reason why we need to do the data.

Why do you think Nigerians should attend the exhibition and what should they lookout for at the event?

The Abuja Internatio­nal Housing Show has assisted over 5,000 ordinary Nigerians to own homes. At the event, you will meet the ones that are building for the poor, the ones that are building for the rich and so on. At the show if you see the kind of house you need, you can also talk to the mortgage bank on financing your project. You will also see the latest proptech innovation­s in the sector. Participan­ts will see building technology and building networks. This is why the ordinary Nigerian needs to go there.

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