It was a night that professionals in the built and construction industry will live to remember for a long time. The Executive hall of the International Conference Centre Abuja- venue of the 2018 Nigeria Housing Awards (NHA) was gorgeously decorated, benefiting the status of the awards itself.
Before entering the venue, guests were treated to special interviews and an opportunity to pose for photographs at the elegant red carpet anchored by charming ladies.
There were music aplenty, melodious sounds of classic and legendary tunes were dished out one after the other by the Nigeria Civil Defence band- a team that never disappoints. They got the whole hall singing along all night; surely they added glamour to the night. Some of Nigeria’s finest comedians were also present to crack the audience up.
Among those who graced the ceremony is former Minister of State for Health, Chief Gabriel Aduku, the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Tpl. Umar Shuaib, The MD/CEO of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa, President, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Rev. Ugochukwu Chime.
Others are Former president, Nigeria Institute of Town Planners, Tpl. Steve Onu, CEOs of real estate companies and other stakeholders in the real estate industry.
The Nigeria Housing Awards recognize and celebrate original and innovative contractors, businesses, teams, consultants and projects that demonstrate excellence in the building and construction environment. The award was set up to encourage competition and competitive pricing in the Housing Construction Industry. The award categorization is carefully designed to recognize the efforts of both established and up-coming organization in the Housing/ Construction Sector in Nigeria.
In addition the event serves as a convergence platform for the building and construction industry. The award recognizes, appreciates the hardworking, excellent and innovative companies and personalities in the Housing/Construction Sector. Over the years, the Nigeria Housing Awards, formerly known as the Abuja Housing Award, has sought to promote standardization and ethical practice in the sector.
The award holds yearly in a classy ceremony attracting the most important institutions, persons and government officials and agencies in the built industry in Nigeria. With unrivalled networking opportunities on the night, the awards are the ultimate celebration of the construction industry’s achievements.
In his opening remark, the Chairman of the Occasion, Chief Gabriel Aduku, and a former Minister of State for Health welcomed everyone specially and enumerated the need for reward of excellence and outstanding contributions in the industry.
There was room for the guest speaker at the ceremony, the President of the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Rev. Ugochukwu Chime to deliver his speech. According to him, the NHA was set up to honour contribution to the sector and to appreciate those who over the years have laboured silently to ensure the development of the built industry.
He said “thank you all, the awardees, your labours have been noticed, there is more to do to ensure housing become epicenter of labour and increased GDP for Nigeria. Housing has a multiplier effect, especially at a time we are looking to create jobs for our youths.”
Recognized at NHA 2018 was Sa’adiya Aliyu Aminu, who won the award for the female CEO of real estate Company of the year, Rev Ugochukwu Chime, Housing Advocacy person of the year (National), while Kunle Faleti won the award In the Diaspora category, the merit award for excellent contribution to mortgage banking and housing finance in Nigeria was given to Kayode Omotoso.
The MD/CEO of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa was recognized as the housing finance person of the year (male), while Agnes Tokunbo Martins won the award in the female category.
Also recognized on the night was Haven Homes limited (Innovative real estate company of the year), AFP Furniture (Furniture company of the year), CDK Integrated Industries (Sanitary wares company of the year award), Voda Paints Limited (Innovative paints company of the year), Constrix real estate development company (fastest growing real estate company of the year).
Others include Millard Fuller Foundation (affordable housing project of the year), Royal Ceramics Limited (Innovative marble company of the year), Brains and Hammers Limited (Real estate company of the year), Wiser Estates (Innovative housing project of the year), Abuja Property Development Company (Quality housing project of the year), Bstan Homes Limited (New real estate company to watch award) and Jigawa Mortgage Bank Limited (Innovative mortgage bank of the year).
Azizi Development Limited, Dubai was recognized as the International Real Estate Development Company of the year. Tpl. Steve Onu, Hon. Shehu Liman Wan and Tpl. Umar Shuaib were specially honoured with the lifetime achievement awards for 2018.
The night was crowned with the address of the visioner of the Nigeria Housing Awards, Barr. Festus Adebayo. Adebayo appreciated all the partners that made the event a success both in Nigeria and outside the country.
He said “our aim is not to make the show a talk show; it is to make houses available. When and how will the housing problem be reduced. The government must develop the political will to recapitalize the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.”
Adebayo added that “we must solve the housing problem of this country. Unemployment is increasing; housing should be used to solve the problem of the Nigerian economy.”
Indeed, the Nigeria Housing Awards 2018 will live long in the memory; the curtains were drawn with group photograph by the awardees and a general dance session by everyone who attended.
Adeleke Samuel, Housing News