In line with the Federal Government policy, promotion of made in Nigeria building, construction technology and issues of Artisan Training will be given a priority at the 11th Abuja Housing Show, says the convener.
The Chief Executive Officer of FESADEB Media Group, Festus Adebayo made this known on Friday in Abuja while giving updates on the preparation of the upcoming show.
Adebayo said that the show would devote a full day to interact with Artisans, Nigeria Directorate of Employment, and all skill training institutions in Nigeria with the collaboration of professional bodies.
He noted that Artisan’s training and engagement of indigenous Artisans should be prioritized in the country adding that the show was determined to address housing problems holistically.
“ It is time to have our own capable and competent Artisans. We are not creating employment by going to Togo and Republic of Benin to get Tillers, POP designers and Painters.
“AHS will be the climax of the discussion; we are seeking for the participation and collaboration of all lovers of skill development in the housing sector to tackle this issue.
On promotion of local building construction technology, the Chief Executive disclosed that a `made in Nigeria pavilion` has been set aside.
This he said was aimed at supporting government policy, boosting promotion and catering for the interest of all building technology that could help in the area of affordable housing.
Adebayo explained that such pavilion would equally boost the activities of companies that were based or cited in Nigeria.
“If we encourage the patronage of construction technologies that are locally sourced it will help to create job and reduce unemployment rate.
He called on all indigenous construction companies to partner AHS in the promotion of made in Nigeria building technology for affordable housing.
According to him, COREN, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Nigeria Institute of Building, Nigeria Institute of Surveyors and Nigeria Society of Engineers as well as Federation of Civil Contractors will participate.
He said that the Chief Executives of Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute and Industrial Training Fund would join the international speakers to deliberate on these issues.
The expert however called on the labour unions and national assembly to join in the advocacy to create job and employment through housing development in the country.