The Managing Director, International Housing and Construction Show Limited, Mr Festus Adebayo, has called for the strenghtening of a conducive environment and strong political will of the Federal Government to make affordable housing a reality to the mases.
Adebayo who is also the organiser of Abuja International Housing Show,said this while speaking in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.
He said the annual Abuja International housing show was usually put in place to help government get the political will by ensuring easy access to mortgage and also providing conducive and affordable housing in Nigeria.
He further stated that the show was looking up to a time when state governments would see housing as a tool for economic development and also source of employment.
“ Our principle in Abuja international housing show is that we keep talking, we keep doing advocacy, we keep reminding government what they need to do, untill when the government hear.
“It is when the government hear and they implement what we have said, then will the political will which we have being looking for will arrive.”
He, however, commended the efforts of the present administration and authorities in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and as well state governments who have contributed and supported the course of the show.
Speaking further, Adebayo pin pointed some of the achievements and successes of the housing show among which are the sponsoring a bill for housing at the national assembly and embarking on advocacy from state to state on the need to put housing at the fore-front.
He added that in the past 10 years, the show had provided an avenue for stakeholders to come together and brainstorm on ways of making housing affordable which according to him had yielded very many results.
“I can tell you, Abuja international housing show has put housing in the front burner in the last ten years.
“We also have other platform like the radio, television and other social media we have been using to remind the government of what needed to be done to make housing better”, he added.
Adebayo further stated that some states have adopted the idea of having a ministry of housing for effective development control mechanism of housing projects.
According to him, there are states that no longer see charging of fees on building approval as a way of making money.
He said this was an effort of the advocacy of the abuja international housing show.
He, therefore, said the 12th edition of the show which would commence between July 16th to July 19th would address lingering challenges in the sector to give housing projects a face lift.
Housing News reports that the Abuja international housing show is a stakeholders platform where stakeholders meet annually to exchange ideas, proffer solutions and updates on latest trends in housing.
It is also a platform where leaders find a lasting solutions to housing shortage in Nigeria.