This year’s edition of Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) has been bookmarked by housing policy stakeholders as the most desirable destination for shaping Nigeria and Africa’s housing and finance policies.
The 13 year old Show has immensely contributed to the growth and dynamics of housing policies on the continent, and its influence has been appreciated by stakeholders who now use the show as the spring board of ideas and policy reforms.
Previous recommendations and dialogues from the Show has been used to effect or reform housing policies both at the state and federal levels of government.
This year’s edition with the theme, ‘’ Driving Sustainable Housing Finance Models In The Midst of Global Uncertainty — a testament to how it continues to be an invaluable experience for building professionals in Nigeria and across the globe,’’ will host local and international policy makers in housing and finance, corporate executives, government officials and technocrats in conferences and panel tables of positive conversations about the next turn for housing policy and development.
The stakeholders will arrive at recommendations that are influenced by both local and international dynamics in housing in order to come up with policy ideas that are in tandem with current realities and fit for adaptability.
The Show has identified critical areas of policy intervention in Nigeria which includes, Land Use Act, Reviewing the National Housing Fund, Affordable Housing Legislations, Law to Enable Housing Sector Regulation, Legislation on Mortgage Interest Rates and Stakeholders’ Engagement.
Participating policy stakeholders, especially national legislators will be able to hear from other stakeholders at the show about these critical housing legislations that need to be attended to in order to bridge the gap in Nigeria’s housing sector.
According to the organizers, the impact of this show on Nigeria’s housing policy can never be over emphasized and major key stakeholders have indicated interest in having a robust debate on the way forward.
The Show which is slated for 23rd to 26th July 2019 will take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja with about 400, 000 participants, over 400 exhibitors and at least 30 speakers from over 15 countries.
By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja