ABUJA – The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), has stated that if Abuja, the Sub Continental capital, is to be accorded its pride of place, then it must meet internationally recognized building standard.
The authority also reiterated its determination to ensure the delivery of world class public and private buildings, with exquisite interior and exterior ambiance expected for healthy living.
The Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin gave this assurance while declaring open a seminar organised in conjunction with Creative House at the Authority’s conference hall, recently in Abuja.
“Much more, it serves as a forum where participants can offer innovative solutions and options to knotty interior challenges being faced in various building types.
“The theme will provide a suitable platform for a one-on-one interactive among stakeholders in the building and also sensitise on the need and benefits of defining interior spaces with accent pieces and treatment through practical demonstrations.”
Speaking on space definition, the FCDA boss said space definition is all about taking responsibility for the spaces we occupy by expressing ourselves with the things that mean most to us personally, professionally and socio-culturally. This is natural instinct.
“This exhibition is apt and timely as we all live, work and play in spaces. When we take responsibility for these spaces, we derive a psychological settlement and calmness that is subtle yet profound enough to affect our wellbeing and productivity.”
The Executive Secretary, who was represented by the Director, Public Building, Engr. Emmanuel Oluwadamisi said”Externally, they could be colours, columns and fixtures like doors or other forms that embellish and give character to both the structure and cityscape, silently speaking volumes about the individual, establishment or community.”
Narrowing to interior spacing, Jibrin stated that, “accents are generally used to aesthetically pull your spaces together for a personalised and yet functional ambience which enhances our general wellbeing and productivity, creativity and imagination.”
Jibrin therefore, called on all relevant departments and agencies to also carry out similar trainings so as to “add value, richness, little colour, painting and artwork”, adding well as deepen the knowledge of space definition and aesthetics, hence the beauty of Abuja.
Meanwhile, Anthony Osigwe, the Director in the Department of Public Buildings, while speaking earlier said that the seminar was the 30th in the series, adding that it transformed into an exhibition in 2016 and has continued to make improvement and innovations.
He underscored the importance of space definition in designing and called on the stakeholders to always come together and work together for the progress of all.
Similarly, the Chairman of the Capacity Building Committee who doubles as Deputy Director, Public Buildings, Ademo, in his welcome address said that the objective of the programme, which was to bequeath a capital city comparable to the best in the world.
In ensuring the development of a modern city and society, in line with the dreams of its founding fathers, Ademo pledged they would remain open to new relevant technologies to achieve the best for the FCT and the country.
The two-day event, which had two segments -presentation and exhibition, was attended by many staffers of several departments under the FCDA and FCT Administration, including the departments of Engineering, Mass Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, Survey and Development Control, among others.