The Senate President; President Bukola Saraki, Speaker House of Representatives; Hon.Yakubu Dogora, FCT Minister; Mohammed Bello and Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola are among digniatries expected at the Abuja Housing Show opening tomorrow at the International Conference Center, Abuja.
The 1Oth edition of the Abuja Housing Show is set to introduce a new dimension to the quest for affordable housing delivery, by dedicating quality time to promoting rent-to-own scheme in collaboration with Natanel Florens in Nigeria.
The coordinator of the annual epoch making event, Festus Adebayo, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of FESADEB Communications Limited, commended the efforts of Barr. Babatunde Fashola- Minister for Power, Works and Housing for his determination to work with credible individuals who can help in promoting housing development.
Adebayo stated that the Abuja Housing Show, that has become a reliable solution hub for both government and stakeholders in the built environment, is poised to introducing innovations meant to bolster efforts of government towards developing policies that will ensure sustainable housing delivery.
He also said that the Housing show, being an effort of the organized private sector, with commitment to creating synergy for the urgent solution needed to solve the staggering over 18 million housing deficit in Nigeria, has received the endorsement of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola who has promised to attend the programme to address issues that can move the sector forward.
Speaking further, he noted that the event will provide an opportunity for both policy makers and stakeholders to interact, and proffer solution to the plethora of problems that have bedeviled the sector over the years. He also added that the private sector will have a rare privilege of telling the government exactly what the sector lacks, as well as sharing ideas that have helped housing delivery in other climes.
On the backdrop of similar programmes that have been organized for the development of the housing sector , without achieving the desired results, he said that Abuja housing show stands out as not just an ordinary talk show, but a one stop shop for novel ideas, innovations and pragmatic platform that synchronizes the position of government and stakeholders.
The the major areas of focus during the event include; the modalities for accessing funds for affordable housing delivery, the practicability of financing low cost housing for the low cadre and average income earners in Nigeria.
Other issues of concern which the event is poised to addressing is how to evolve a mechanism for creating a building technology system that is suitable for our economy and heterogeneous society.
Abuja housing show is also said to be prepared to address the challenges encountered by developers who are made to pass through many needless processes to get land titles and other documents that will be tenable in law for business transactions.
According to the organising secretariat, over 1O countries have already registered for the show, while about 2OO exhibitors are already jostling for spaces to showcase their goods and services.
The event which is set to attract over 4O members of the National Assembly as well as other dignitaries is said to provide a forum for unifying purposes towards articulating a formidable force needed to sponsor a legislative bill that will seek to create more enabling ground for affordable housing in Nigeria.
Taking a further step to prove that the show is not just a jamboree, the organizer has disclosed that experts are expected from the United States of America, South Africa, the Netherland and other countries whose expertise shall provide Nigeria developers a ground and experience to leverage on.
Another unique innovation apart from the green house revolution which the events is set address, is the rent to home programme which the organizer have invited a foreign group that will discuss the model and the operational possibility in Nigeria.
One other side attractions that is said to inject a sense of enthusiasm on the participants of the events, is the modalities worked out by the organizer to give up to 5 percent discount to all transactions during the show.
Originally published in The Guardian