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NIA demands govt’s attention on urban regeneration, housing

The Nigerian Institute of Architects has urged the government to focus more attention on urban regeneration and sustainable housing development.

The institute stated that with the current economic situation and the attendant rise in the prices of building products, more attention should be given to the sector.

The President, NIA, Mr.Tonye Braide, said focusing on urban regeneration and sustainable housing development would help the country to get its cities up to world class standards.

He said the NIA had set out plan on a massive sustainable housing development programme, which would complement the good intentions of the government in reducing the housing deficit.

Braide, who spoke at the NIA’s Annual General Meeting and Conference, in Enugu with the theme: ‘Urban regeneration and sustainable housing development’, said, “Urbanisation is not about simply increasing the number of urban residents or expanding the area of cities, but about complete change from rural to urban style in terms of industry structure, upgrading living standards and social security.”

The organising committee chairman, Mr.AdibeNjoku, said there was a need for the Nigerian architect to sustain and move the nation’s architecture forward by promoting and building capacity.

The General Secretary, NIA, Mrs.AbimbolaAjayi, said architects needed to network with other professionals and key players in the industry to understand the current economic climate, learn about best practices in sustainable development and get leads to developing quality business models, which are a major step for infrastructure development and housing delivery in the country.

Originally published in The Punch

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