Tackling the housing crisis in Nigeria needs a robust collaborative strategy by all professionals in the housing industry. These were the words of the President Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Mr.Obafemi Oluwole Onashile, during an interview with Housing News in Abuja.
He said ‘’no singular person or institution can claim monopoly of the solution to housing, it requires a collaborative effort by all stakeholders in the industry, because we need to look at the supply and demand aspect, and when we talk of demand we mean effective demand, so when we talk about people needing houses, can they afford it? We are talking about demand that can be backed up by purchasing power’’.
He acknowledged that deficit will always be an issue, he said ‘’we see people living under bridges or in squalor, but what is their purchasing power, can they purchase a flat? So even if we keep producing flats, will they be able to buy it? So there will still be the deficit.
‘’So supply is been produced, but nobody to take up effectively, so it’s not an easy solution, that is why my Institute is clamouring for a collaborative approach to solving housing problems’’.
He said NIQS is calling for the establishment of Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB),he noted that the board will be an avenue for collaboration between institutions in the construction industry and the government, adding that part of the mandate of the board will be to find solutions to the problems bedevilling the construction industry.
Speaking further, he said ‘’having called for the construction board, there should be an industry approach to the solutions, all the institutions coming together to evaluate all the existing policies and solutions that have been proffered which have all failed. Then sieve them out, and fine tune to get good solutions for this housing deficit’’.
Affa Dickson Acho