Mr Festus Adebayo, Managing Director, International Housing and Construction Ltd., says the annual Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) seeks to complement the Federal Government’s efforts in providing affordable houses to Nigerians.
Adebayo, who is the convener of the annual Abuja International housing show, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.
The 12th edition of the programme scheduled to hold from July 14 to July 19, would feature experts in the housing sector to address the demands of housing deficit in the country.
Adebayo noted that there was a need to look at the sources of financing construction of housing to make life meaningful for Nigerians.
He said that the theme of the 12th edition is: “ Everyone Deserves a Home” would critically examine ways in which stakeholders would interact to ensure every Nigerians own a home.
Adebayo said that in the past 11 years, the platform had carved for itself an international reputation in the course of finding lasting solutions to shortages of housing in Nigeria.
“Abuja housing show has become a platform where those thinking of how to have a home have their dreams actualised.
“ It has also become a credible platform where people network, promote their businesses and make housing available at affordable rates.
“Abuja International housing show has been doing all these with the support of its partners drawn from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Federal Mortgage Bank, professional bodies among others,“ he said.
He said that all these were aimed at complementing the Federal Government’s efforts in providing affordable housing.
Adebayo added that the 12th edition of the programme would leverage on the gains of previous editions by focusing more on the growth of the housing sector.
He noted that that the issues of affordability of houses, interest rate, access to land, green housing and local building materials would be discussed to give Nigerians access to own their houses.
He called on the Federal Government to do more in the area of housing affordability and availability.
Adebayo further urged the government to take a clue from the governments of India, Singapore and Malaysia on how they were able to address their housing challenges.
He said that would help to improve on better ways to get it right in the provision of housing to the Nigerians.