The organiser of the just concluded 10th Abuja Housing Show (AHS), FESADEB Communications Ltd., says it will set up an Action Team to ensure that government implements all discussions taken at the event.
The Managing Director of the media organisation, Mr Festus Adebayo, disclosed this in an interview with Newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.
The 10th Abuja Housing Show and Construction Industry Exhibition was convened by FESADEB Communication Ltd , the producer of Housing Development Programmes on AIT, Ray Power, NTA and online.
Adebayo said that the organisation was committed to ensuring that the issues discussed would be followed up in order to bridge the gap in the housing and construction industry.
Newsmen report that the three-day show and exhibition, which deliberated much on ways to solve the issues of affordable housing in Nigeria, recorded huge participants from within and outside the country.
The housing expert said that the 2016 AHS would not be a talk show where recommendations would not be implemented.
He said the uniqueness of the show was the establishment of the action team which would see to its implementation.
“Abuja housing show is a private sector driven platform because of that we are very committed and adamant in ensuring that efforts put in the discussion would be followed up to the end.
“We are setting up an action team that will follow up letter to letter with the Senate and the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
“We are not going to talk to them on what they want to hear but we are going to be talking to them on what the public wants to hear therefore we will remain neutral and stand on the side of Nigerians.
“We are going to forward all our letters of the communiqué to the presidency and all other organisations that are concerned for the implementation,’’ Adebayo said.
He explained that the show was aimed at promoting home ownership and providing affordable housing for Nigerians, adding that there are houses but their affordability was not there.
He said that in solving the housing deficit of 17 million, the issue of design and building technology should also be put into consideration.
“You cannot talk of solving the housing deficit of 17 million without also looking at the building technology; we cannot use concrete, cement and block to solve the problem of housing deficit of 17 million.
“We need something that we can use that is faster, that is of quality and of standard, safer in cost and time,’’ he said.
He further described the show as a platform to promote availability and affordable housing for low income earners.
Adebayo said that the show recorded a huge success as over 18 states participated, including Commissioners and state Governors.
On unoccupied buildings in Abuja, he said that the show have recommended to the government that at the point of approval, conditions should be given to estate developers.
Adebayo said that the Department of Development Control should also be made to attach a statement, stating that houses must be occupied within six months of completion when giving approval to developers.
“The Department of Development Control should come forward with a condition, because nobody builds houses without their approval.
“If development control will attach a statement to every approval they give out that when a house is built it must be occupied within six months.
“With this, issue of unoccupied building will be addressed, meaning that when people are not occupying the houses with the prices they are offering they will be forced to bring down the prices.’’
He said that the challenge associated with the show was lack of enough manpower, adding that it was not a show to be organised by just one organization.
“The challenge associated with the show is lack of enough personnel and manpower. We need Federal Ministry of Housing and other major housing related organisations to key into Abuja housing show.
“We are extending our hand of fellowship to professional bodies, NGOs, Centre for Housing Research in the Universities, NBRRI, Committees on Housing in the National Assembly and state governments to join us in hosting the 11th Abuja housing show,’’ said Adebayo.
Newsmen reports that the 2016 show, with the theme “Expanding Access to Affordable Housing in Africa”, commenced on July 18 and ended July 21 was attended by 3,650 participants/ exhibitors from different countries.
According to Adebayo, the show will be greater than annual builder’s show in America in the nearest future.
The show exhibited affordable homes, innovative building materials, construction machinery, mortgage services and home interiors, among others, by local and foreign exhibitors.