Abuja International Housing show to proffer solution to affordable housing
By Golfa Francis, Abuja
The Build Industry operatives, professional and other stakeholders in Nigeria have been commended for contributing and increasing the stock of affordable and accessible home ownership in a pre and post Covid era.
Nigeria’s Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola gave the commendation at the on-going 15th Abuja International Housing Show, with the theme, Sustainable Solution for a post Pandemic World.
He said the Nigerian government has undertaken the construction of four thousand six hundred and ninety four housing units out of which two thousand two hundred and fourty-nine units have been completed in 34 states and the Capital Territory.
Mr Fashola added that this does not include other initiatives by the Ministry such as housing development through Public Private Partnership and the ones delivered by the Federal Housing Authority and Federal Mortgage Bank.He therefore urged the participants at the event to have fruitful deliberation that would further stimulate the housing economy nationwide
The Minister who was represented by the Honourable Minister of State for Works and Housing Engineer, Abubakar D. Aliyu (FNSE), at the occasion hinged his view on the activitvites of stakeholders in the sector such as the National Housing programme, (NHP) of the Federal government which is aimed at constructing acceptable and affordable houses nationwide
He disclosed that a total of 1,021 building contractors have been engaged under phases 1 an 11 of the programme since its inception in 2016 and 13, 680 and 41, 040 direct and indirect jobs have been generated.
In her goodwill message, the Honourable Minister of State for Works and Housing, Ghana, Freda Prempeh noted that the unprecedented negative economic impact of Covid -19 pandemic had resulted in global economic recession which had greatly affected the urban poor and informal sector thereby worsening the housing problem globally. She advised that social housing schemes must, as a matter of necessity, be given top priority by governments while boosting local production of building materials to generate employment.
The Chairman of the occasion, Surveyor Suleiman Hassan Zarma, former Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing emphasized the need to provide affordable housing for the populace as a way of preventing the spread of Covid -19 which can occur when people are not adequately housed.
On his part, the Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammed Mahmood Abubakar spoke on the correlation between housing and climate change.
He called on stakeholders in the built industry to ensure that international standards are met when putting up a building so that it can stand the test of time especially in the face of the danger that climate change portends. He described the threat of climate change as a pandemic worse than the corona virus pandemic if not carefully handled.
In his welcome address, the convener of the event, Barrister Festus Adebayo disclosed that the conference which has the theme “Sustainable and Resilient Housing Solution for a post – pandemic World” would explore different innovations and requirements that can effectively position housing as a tool in combating the epidemic on the single premise that the World has finally come to the realization of the importance of housing and the environment
He further said that the conference would also consider the involvement of the youths in designing the future of affordable housing as well as the matter of housing data for effective planning and delivery
Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of awards by the Honourable Minister of state for Works and Housing given to governors of Lagos, Yobe and Borno States as well as the Honourable Minister of State for Works and Housing,Ghana, Preda Prempeh .