Nigeria is dealing with a housing deficit of over 17 million — one of the worst case scenarios in the world. The perennial problem it seems, has defied every solution.
But the organisers of Abuja International Housing Show do not believe that there is no solution. They believe that one of the greatest ways to unlock the solutions to affordable and abundant housing in Nigeria is through wide-sector collaboration of stakeholders.
An observable pattern over the years is that most professionals have been caught in a clash of interests which has not helped the sector grow at the desired pace.
Why AIHS is Leading the Call For Synergy
The Abuja International Housing Show is leading the call for industry synergy because of its neutrality. The call is from a place of independent observation. The Show is primarily concerned with what is best for the housing sector and always willing to point them out without fears or favour.
The Abuja International Housing Show is also able to make this call because of its relationship with industry professionals over the years and it can tell what area needs more improvement. And that is the area of synergy.
The Show’s organisers are speaking from a place of experience given how long they have been committed to relentless promotion of the sector’s needs, policies and projects with enormous resources through their housing development programs on various TV, Radio and other advocacy platforms.
“AIHS is seeking collaboration of every stakeholder to solve house home ownership.This is no longer time for solo business. All hands must now be on deck to solve these problems,” said Festus Adebayo, the Show’s chief organiser.
Next Level Synergy
While the government has set for itself a Next Level vision for the next 4 years, AIHS has also tasked industry professionals to set for themselves a Next Level vision in housing without relying on the government.
To achieve the kind of results needed to bridge the huge housing gap in Nigeria, there is need for industry professionals to come up with their own agenda which can also be a blueprint for even those in the government.
The Next Level vision is according to Adebayo most likely without “totally relying on what government can do but what we can make government to do through our collaboration.”
AIHS believes that it is important for stakeholders to begin to rally round each other and share their best ideas, experiences and expertise to create a Next Level vision and mission for addressing the critical problems in the housing sector.
The AIHS is also calling for an inclusive National Council on Housing, where all stakeholders are represented and carried along in the big project of providing more affordable and good quality homes in Nigeria.
The AIHS is set for 23rd to 26th July this year. It will be an all inclusive platform for stakeholders and professionals to present their best ideas on how to move from advocacy to action.
The well attended Show is the biggest gathering of national and international stakeholders in the industry. It is widely endorsed as the number one place in the continent for networking, exhibition and making of sales.
This year’s edition will host over 40, 000 participants, 400+ exhibitors and over 30 international speakers and CEOs.
The show will be declared open by the Vice President of Nigeria and has the partnership of all leading brands in the Nigerian housing and construction industry.
By Ojonugbwa Felix Ugboja