Exhibitors Rate Abuja Housing Show As Successful and Largest in West Africa
Exhibitors have described the just concluded 10th Abuja Housing Show as monumental success, with a call on other private sectors to initiate similar initiative that would improve housing/ Construction sector in the country.
The expo with the theme: “Expanding Access to Affordable Housing in Nigeria,” was organised by FESADEB Communications, the producer of Housing Programme on the largest independent private television station (AIT NETWORK) and Housing Time on Raypower in Nigeria
The housing and construction industry expo, which featured about 180 exhibitors from 10 countries and Nigeria, commenced from 18th and ended on 20th July, 2016 in Abujab with over 5,000 participants
In a chart with newsmen, the national president of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Rev Ugochukwu Chime, said the show was a monumental success in every realm adding that the organiser, Festus Adebayo, has nurtured the show for the past 10 years with a sense of professionalism, direction and commitment that is beyond finance.
He said having recognised the organisers’ stern leadership qualities, REDAN recently signed a memorandom of understanding (MoU) with FESADEB Communications Ltd. He enjoined other Expo organisers fro different parts of the world to key into this largest Expo in West Africa annually with assurance that they will really get value for their exhibitors.
“I have been sitting on the board of FESADEB for many years and we have decided that those of us who are committed beyond financial interest will come together and showcase what collaboration and joint action can do between the public and private sector.
“The third day of the Abuja Housing Show was christened REDAN Day, whereby the association is allowed to own the day and partner with them to present issues affecting the housing industry especially in the area of construction,” he said.
According to him, the real estate body was excited at the signing of a MoU between Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) and Hydrafoam, a South Africa owned company adding that both organisations were supposed to be competitors in the production of building materials.
“We have signed a MoU with Shelter Africa to enhance access to finance training and research and we are also working together with Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to address housing challenges in the nation.
Chime said the problem in the sector was huge adding that REDAN would support the present administration in building its proposed one million housing units annually.
He emphasised that the problems of affordability and availability was militating against home ownership in the country even as he pleaded with the federal government to initiate flexible policies for housing mortgage.
“That is the problem we had in 2001 and 2002 that made Adams Oshiomole to seek to pull workers out of the NHF contribution and that is what they have failed to recognise that we don’t have the houses because currently, about 62 per cent of our 170 million population are under 24 years and this people will need houses in the next few years,”he explained.
Also speaking, the consultant and strategist of Eteleson Group, Mr Emeka Ugbogu, rated the exhibition as a success even as he expressed optimism that affordable housing could be achieved given the theme of the event.
“The venue is a comfortable place, everybody is well accommodated and there is free movement of people and good security,” he said.
He further described the event as the largest as the best in term of packaging, publicity and visitation of various exhibition stands.
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