In an interview granted Housing News, the President of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Rev Ugo Chime (UC), reveals why this year’s Expo will be the most improved and anticipated.
Q. Can we meet you Sir?
UC. My name is Reverend Ugo Chime. I am the President of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, REDAN Expo 2019.
Q. Can You Tell Us About REDAN and the Expo?
UC. REDAN is an umbrella body of all real estate developers in the country. They’re the ones handling the supply side of the housing and construction industry. While people make demands, REDAN supplies. The REDAN Building Expo is coming up on 7th to 8th May 2019. This year’s theme is, ‘’REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS: THE BEDROCK FOR NATIONAL ECONOMIC STABILITY.” The REDAN 2019 Expo is the third edition and it is aimed among other things to bring to floor the professional developers in the real estate and housing industry, and discuss how best they can serve as a catalyst in the development of the Nigeria economy.
Q. Where is the Venue of the Event?
UC. The Expo is holding at the Musa Yaradua Center, Abuja.
Q. What Are the Key Activities?
UC. Activities lined up includes mandatory continued professional development for participants; opportunities for the players in the industry to showcase their products; and the programme will also feature exhibition of building materials and corporate presentation of new products. This year’s expo will feature many exhibitions of real estate projects across the country, it will also feature display of new building technologies, innovations in home interiors and design.
Q. Who is the Guest of Honor?
UC. The guest of honor for this year’s REDAN EXPO is no other person than the Minister of Power works and housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola. He will be the one to officially declare open the EXPO on the 7th of May.
Q. Who are the Speakers at This Year’s Expo?
UC. This year’s lead guest speaker is no other person than Mr. Hakeen Ogunniran, who is the present Managing Director of Exima Realities. He was the former Managing Director of UBDC. Other guest speakers include Mr. Femi Adewole, the chief Executive managing director of family home funds.
Q. What is the Level of Compliance So Far?
UC. I can confirm to you that many estate developers have already registered for participation and many stakeholders have already confirmed their participation. So this year’s REDAN EXPO is going to be greater and better than the previous ones. In that line, we are calling all stakeholders to register for the REDAN EXPO before it is too late. Everything has been going based on strict schedule.
Q. What are the benefits of attending this Expo?
UC. The 2019 REDAN Expo will create an unparalleled network opportunity for stakeholders who will be participating; it will be an avenue for stakeholders and other members who are looking for opportunities to relate with Family Homes Fund — a new establishment of federal government, to meet with the MD and get to know how they can benefit from Family Homes fund.
For the first time, REDAN is collaborating with CBN and six other agencies which will be launching Real Estate Data at the opening ceremony. This year’s Expo will also be attended by all the Chief Executives from Federal Mortgage Banks in Nigeria, Mortgage Finance, Family Homes Funds and others including the Federal Ministry of power works and housing.
Q. How ready is REDAN to host this Expo?
UC. From the reponses from people, stakeholders and partners I can tell you that REDAN is ready. The necessary logistics have been put in place and all willing participants are encouraged to register in time.
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