NIGERIA HOUSING AWARDS 2018 HOLDS IN A GLITZ AND GLAMOUR CEREMONY

It was a night that professionals in the built and construction industry will live to remember for a long time. The Executive hall of the International Conference Centre Abuja- venue of the 2018 Nigeria Housing Awards (NHA) was gorgeously decorated, benefiting the status of the awards itself.

Before entering the venue, guests were treated to special interviews and an opportunity to pose for photographs at the elegant red carpet anchored by charming ladies.

There were music aplenty, melodious sounds of classic and legendary tunes were dished out one after the other by the Nigeria Civil Defence band- a team that never disappoints. They got the whole hall singing along all night; surely they added glamour to the night. Some of Nigeria’s finest comedians were also present to crack the audience up.

Among those who graced the ceremony is former Minister of State for Health, Chief Gabriel Aduku, the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Tpl. Umar Shuaib, The MD/CEO of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa, President, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Rev. Ugochukwu Chime.

Others are Former president, Nigeria Institute of Town Planners, Tpl. Steve Onu, CEOs of real estate companies and other stakeholders in the real estate industry.

The Nigeria Housing Awards recognize and celebrate original and innovative contractors, businesses, teams, consultants and projects that demonstrate excellence in the building and construction environment. The award was set up to encourage competition and competitive pricing in the Housing Construction Industry. The award categorization is carefully designed to recognize the efforts of both established and up-coming organization in the Housing/ Construction Sector in Nigeria.

In addition the event serves as a convergence platform for the building and construction industry. The award recognizes, appreciates the hardworking, excellent and innovative companies and personalities in the Housing/Construction Sector. Over the years, the Nigeria Housing Awards, formerly known as the Abuja Housing Award, has sought to promote standardization and ethical practice in the sector.

The award holds yearly in a classy ceremony attracting the most important institutions, persons and government officials and agencies in the built industry in Nigeria. With unrivalled networking opportunities on the night, the awards are the ultimate celebration of the construction industry’s achievements.

In his opening remark, the Chairman of the Occasion, Chief Gabriel Aduku, and a former Minister of State for Health welcomed everyone specially and enumerated the need for reward of excellence and outstanding contributions in the industry.

There was room for the guest speaker at the ceremony, the President of the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Rev. Ugochukwu Chime to deliver his speech. According to him, the NHA was set up to honour contribution to the sector and to appreciate those who over the years have laboured silently to ensure the development of the built industry.

He said “thank you all, the awardees, your labours have been noticed, there is more to do to ensure housing become epicenter of labour and increased GDP for Nigeria. Housing has a multiplier effect, especially at a time we are looking to create jobs for our youths.”

Recognized at NHA 2018 was Sa’adiya Aliyu Aminu, who won the award for the female CEO of real estate Company of the year, Rev Ugochukwu Chime, Housing Advocacy person of the year (National), while Kunle Faleti won the award In the Diaspora category, the merit award for excellent contribution to mortgage banking and housing finance in Nigeria was given to Kayode Omotoso.

The MD/CEO of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa was recognized as the housing finance person of the year (male), while Agnes Tokunbo Martins won the award in the female category.

Also recognized on the night was Haven Homes limited (Innovative real estate company of the year), AFP Furniture (Furniture company of the year), CDK Integrated Industries (Sanitary wares company of the year award), Voda Paints Limited (Innovative paints company of the year), Constrix real estate development company (fastest growing real estate company of the year).

Others include Millard Fuller Foundation (affordable housing project of the year), Royal Ceramics Limited (Innovative marble company of the year), Brains and Hammers Limited (Real estate company of the year), Wiser Estates (Innovative housing project of the year), Abuja Property Development Company (Quality housing project of the year), Bstan Homes Limited (New real estate company to watch award) and Jigawa Mortgage Bank Limited (Innovative mortgage bank of the year).

Azizi Development Limited, Dubai was recognized as the International Real Estate Development Company of the year. Tpl. Steve Onu, Hon. Shehu Liman Wan and Tpl. Umar Shuaib were specially honoured with the lifetime achievement awards for 2018.

The night was crowned with the address of the visioner of the Nigeria Housing Awards, Barr. Festus Adebayo. Adebayo appreciated all the partners that made the event a success both in Nigeria and outside the country.

He said “our aim is not to make the show a talk show; it is to make houses available. When and how will the housing problem be reduced. The government must develop the political will to recapitalize the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.”

Adebayo added that “we must solve the housing problem of this country. Unemployment is increasing; housing should be used to solve the problem of the Nigerian economy.”

Indeed, the Nigeria Housing Awards 2018 will live long in the memory; the curtains were drawn with group photograph by the awardees and a general dance session by everyone who attended.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing News

AZIZI CROWNED INTL. REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Azizi Development Limited, Dubai has been recognized as the International Real Estate Development Company of the year.

The Company received the award at the Nigeria Housing Awards (NHA) 2018 held at the International Conference Centre Abuja.

Although the foundation stones of the present day Azizi Group were laid in 1989, it was in 2007 when the towering presence of Azizi Developments first began to take shape. Mirwais Azizi was driven to design homes and communities inspired by modern urban living.

Azizi Development Company reflects the aspirations of a wide spectrum of lifestyle seekers. It primes itself as a company that unlocks a new lifestyle for the curious and ambitious, setting the ideal platform to live, work and play- and building communities that bring people closer.

Also recognized at NHA 2018 was Sa’adiya Aliyu Aminu, who won the award for the female CEO of real estate Company of the year, Rev Ugochukwu Chime, Housing Advocacy person of the year (National), while Kunle Faleti won the award In the Diaspora category, the merit award for excellent contribution to mortgage banking and housing finance in Nigeria was given to Kayode Omotoso.

The MD/CEO of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa was recognized as the housing finance person of the year (male), while Agnes Tokunbo Martins won the award in the female category.

Also recognized on the night was Haven Homes limited (Innovative real estate company of the year), AFP Furniture (Furniture company of the year), CDK Integrated Industries (Sanitary wares company of the year award), Voda Paints Limited (Innovative paints company of the year), Constrix real estate development company (fastest growing real estate company of the year).

Others include Millard Fuller Foundation (affordable housing project of the year), Royal Ceramics Limited (Innovative marble company of the year), Brains and Hammers Limited (Real estate company of the year), Wiser Estates (Innovative housing project of the year), Abuja Property Development Company (Quality housing project of the year), Bstan Homes Limited (New real estate company to watch award) and Jigawa Mortgage Bank Limited (Innovative mortgage bank of the year).

Tpl. Steve Onu, Hon. Shehu Liman Wan and Tpl. Umar Shuaib were specially recognized with the lifetime achievement awards for 2018.

The annual Nigeria Housing Awards recognize and celebrate original and innovative contractors, businesses, teams, consultants and projects that demonstrate excellence in the building and construction environment.

The Award was set up to encourage competition and competitive pricing in the Housing Construction Industry.

This year’s Award which was held in a classy ceremony attracted the most important institutions, persons and government officials and agencies in the built industry in Nigeria.

Among those who graced the ceremony is former Minister of State for Health, Chief Gabriel Aduku, the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Tpl. Umar Shuaib, The MD/CEO of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa, President, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Rev. Ugochukwu Chime.

Others are Former president, Nigeria Institute of Town Planners, Tpl. Steve Onu, CEOs of real estate companies and other stakeholders in the real estate industry.

This year’s Abuja International Housing Show was attended by the Ministers of Housing of Ghana, Nigeria, former Minister of Housing, Arc. Sen Sanusi Dagash, and members of the National Assembly.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing News

FG to Focus on Local Production of Building Materials

Minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola says the government will ensure local production of building materials to bring down the cost of housing in the country.

The minister who spoke at the 12th Abuja international housing show said the new policy will make the housing sector vibrant and create jobs

Affordable housing for all Nigerians has remained a major challenge with reports from experts pegging the country’s current housing deficit at seventeen million units.

Key players from the housing sector have blamed the soaring price of accommodation on high cost of building materials among other things.

Participants at the 2018 Abuja international housing show say the government must look at the funding issues among other impediments to affordable housing.

The Abuja international housing show is a forum that brings practitioners in the housing and construction industry together to exchange ideas and proffer solutions to housing problems in Nigeria.

This year’s show focuses on driving growth and sustainability in Nigeria housing and mortgage markets through improving structures and policies for impact.

AIT

EXPERT HIGHLIGHT BENEFITS OF MORTGAGE GUARANTEE IN NIGERIA

The entrance of a robust and viable mortgage guarantee product into the Nigerian housing market is clearly a win for all parties concerned.

The Director, Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department (OFISD), Central Bank of Nigeria, Mrs Tokunbo Martins stated this while delivering a paper at the 12th Abuja International Housing Show.

She said “this existence and/or visibility will be directly related to the effort, we as an industry, invest in ensuring a suitable environment for its development, deployment and administration”

Mrs Martins described a guaranteed Mortgage as one given to a borrower by a lender, where an identified third party, will take responsibility for the loan if the borrower defaults.

The Director said “among the many benefits of the mortgage guarantee is that it is a product of great value to any housing market because it is a tool of opportunity for both the supply and the demand sides of the mortgage market”

She added that “it provides potential opportunity of lower down payment for borrowers, while opening up a larger market for lenders who make the decision to finance the target population for the program”

Mrs Martins further noted that among the benefits of mortgage guarantee to government include mortgages become affordable to citizens; more people can meet their housing needs on their own and more jobs and economic security for the citizens.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing News

THERE IS NEED FOR CONCESSIONS IN REAL ESTATE SECTOR- ODUSOLU

The Special Adviser, Property and Investment, Ogun State, Babajide Odusolu has called for concessions for provisions of affordable homes like a reward system and tax credits.

Mr Odusolu said this while delivering a paper on knotty issues impacting supply side of housing in Nigeria at the 12th Abuja International Housing Show.

He also advocated for pioneer status for players in real estate sub-sector fiscal incentives, use of technology in construction, review of planning guidelines to encourage planned density enhancement and the provision of concessions on fiscal terms for affordable homes developers and critical supply items.

Others he recommended are a revisit of vocational training policies and procedures, and making mortgage repayments for first homes/primary homes below N15M, a tax-deductible expense.

Babajide Odusolu stressed the use of technology in construction like the use of form tech.

He said the advantages of Formwork Technology include “It is durable, re-useable, more efficient, increased quality, faster construction, reduced labour costs, over time; it is 25%-40% cheaper through time and cost savings.

Mr Odusolu who is also the Managing Director of the Ogun State Property and Investment Corporation (OPIC) identified the critical supply challenges as material sourcing, huge labour skills gap, infrastructural deficit/financing and constraining tax/fiscal policies.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing News

 

Housing Show: Ghanaian minister tasks African countries on local resources

Mrs Freda Prempeh, Ghanaian Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, has urged African countries to boost housing development by exploring local resources to achieve local content.

Prempeh said this on Monday in Abuja at the 12th edition of Abuja International Housing Show organised by FESADEB Communications Ltd.

The deputy minister said Africa was endowed with natural resources like timber, clay, mine stones, among others, but were not being harnessed for housing development to reduce deficit.

She decried the housing deficit facing the continent, adding that Ghana recorded many housing intervention programmes to reduce housing deficit and achieve Sustainable Development Goal nine and 11.

She said “the housing industry is capital intensive, so we have to be innovative by using different technologies.” She called on African governments to ensure collaboration with private sectors to acquire landmark and provide infrastructure needed for effective housing development.

Rev. Ugochukwu Chime, board member of FESADEB Communications Ltd. appealed for vibrant policy that would accommodate the interest of financiers and investors not accommodated in existing laws and policies in the country.

Chime said the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, Section 16, under the Fundamental Objectives of State Policy, compelled the country to provide suitable shelter for all citizens. According to him, access to decent and affordable accommodation ought to be the birth right of every Nigeria.

He, however, added that “this had been a mirage to most Nigerians, especially the middle and low income earners. “This is because housing entails large capital outlay, which is beyond the surplus accruable to families after taking care of other existential needs.

“Instructively, there has been a paradigm shift in housing delivery approach from individual efforts at direct construction of homes using their savings. “This change in home ownership approach is yet to be appreciated and the structure for effective management of the transaction dynamics has not been developed in Nigeria.”

Chime urged government to see housing provision as its primary responsibility by making policy framework and creating enabling environment for real estate business to thrive.

Mr Kenneth Nduka of Nigeria Institute of Building (NIOB) called for effective synergy between professionals in the built environment to tackle challenges. Nduka said through the synergy, the professionals would ensure that only standard building materials were used in the provision of affordable houses.

He added that “this show offers opportunity for real estate industry to interact, be inspired, make deals, network and effectively participate in moving the real estate industry toward socio-economic development.”

The show featured presentation of award to Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger as Smart City Governor of the Year. The show also awarded Life Time Achievement Housing award to Amah Pepple, former Head of Service.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, also received the Best Performing Minister in Recent Years. The show, scheduled to hold from July 16 to July 19, has its theme as “Driving Growth and Sustainability in Nigeria’s Housing and Mortgage Markets-Improving Structures and Policies for Impact.”

NAN

 

FCTA moves to address 1.7million housing deficit

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said on Monday that it has initiated programmes under the Public-Private Partnership to address 1.7 million housing deficit in the FCT.

Malam Muhammad Bello said at the opening of the 12th Abuja Housing Show in Abuja that this initiative was in line with private sector driven housing policy.

The minister said that the Nigerian government had formulated a National Housing Policy in 1991 to ease the provision of adequate, accessible and low-cost housing for its citizens.

Bello was represented at the event by Mr Umar Shuaibu, Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Management Council (AMMMC).

The conference has its theme as: “Driving Growth and Sustainability in Nigeria Housing and Mortgage Markets-Improving Structures and Policies for Impact.

He noted that the goal of the policy was not realised due to several factors ranging from lack of political will, policy inconsistency, poor financing to weak institutional structures.

He said the policy was, therefore, amended in 2004 in which the Federal Government adopted a more market-oriented approach to housing delivery, limiting its role to that of an enabler and regulator instead of a provider.

“The limitation of the role of the public sector is to allow for more active private sector participation in direct housing provision.

“The revised policy established financial institutions and procedure that will make funds available through the primary mortgage institutions for affordable housing production.

“The new policy, therefore, acknowledged the private sector as a key partner in the delivery of housing for the country.”

The minister noted that due to the importance of housing, the Abuja Master Plan has apportioned a land area of 12,486ha for housing development, which represent 49 per cent of the total land area in the territory with 100 per cent funding by the government.

He, therefore, said since mid 2000, funds allocated to the FCTA by the Federal Government had continued to dwindle, thereby making it difficult to cater for the large population influx into the city.

Also, Mrs Amma Pepple, Former Minister, Land, Housing and Urban Development, was worried about the challenges of housing which had remained the same since she left the sector.

Pepple called on stakeholders to put more efforts in addressing the supply and demand of housing in the country.

“I go to some areas in Abuja, but discovered there are no infrastructures and landlords keep collecting rent without putting in place infrastructure for housing.

“When I visited other countries, they made available good road networks, electricity, water and others before you acquire a place.

“Government needs to participate in building projects because if it provides the land with low cost of materials, it will make it easier for Nigerians to acquire houses.”

Earlier, Mr Mustapha Boss, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said affordable and a accessible housing is human right as the constitution compels the Nigeria state to provide adequate shelter to all its citizens.

Boss, who was represented by his Permanent Secretary, Mr Gabriel Aduda, noted that access to decent and safe housing provision at affordable pricing should be a birth right for every Nigerians.

He, therefore, said that the government alone cannot do this, but need the help of private sectors to address the issue of interest rate, politicisation and mortgage financing confronting the housing sector.

Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo said there was need to turn housing policies to implementation action to enable Nigerians reach optimal capacity of acquiring shelter.

Obaseki, who was represented by Mr Festus Osagie, Director-General, Edo State Liaison Office, said Nigeria have the potential to grow its housing sector with the political will it has.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the show is a forum to bring together all real estate stakeholders to discuss and explore ideas to move Nigerians housing industry to international standard.

The conference, which began in 2005, has in attendance participants from private, public, housing sector and exhibitors.

Some of them are Urban Shelter, Platinum Mortgage Bank, Federal Mortgage Bank, Haven Homes, Nigerite Limited, NMRC, Brains and Hammers and so on.

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EXHIBITORS TROOP INTO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE FOR AIHS 2018

With less than 48 hours to the much anticipated Abuja International Housing Show, exhibitors are trooping into the International Conference Centre Abuja to install their booths.

The Lagos State Sales Manager of Abumet Nigeria limited, Amaka Obanya, told Housing News  that the 12th edition of the Abuja International Housing Show is a great opportunity to showcase what the company can do on a larger scale.

According to Amaka, “Abumet Nigeria limited is a subsidiary of Julius Berger, we are an Aluminum and Glass solution provider who are into doors, window, louver fencing and also customize to customer’s specifications”.

The Sales Manager also disclosed that Abumet Nigeria limited is participating for the first time and also looking forward to use the platform to expand the company’s network.

The Show will be declared open on Monday, July 16th by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and will be supported by State Governors, Ministers, Members of the National Assembly and Ministers from other African countries.

The event dubbed the largest real estate festival in Africa has as its theme Driving Growth and Sustainability in Nigeria Housing and Mortgage Markets- Improving Structures and Policies for impact.

The 12th edition of the Abuja international housing show which will feature atleast 26 speakers from not less than 10 countries and over 250 exhibitors starts on the 16th to 19th July 2018 at the International conference centre, Abuja.

This year’s Show will feature unique innovations like the CEO Forum, the Not too young to own a home initiative and massive discount offers on products and services.

Ikunaiye Hamza, Housing News

A Global Brand With A Nigerian Foundation…….

In recognition of a need to raise the bar in terms of design quality within Nigeria’s built environment, particularly housing, the aim of Abuja International Housing Show is to give a national focus to key HOUSING issues of importance both the private and public sectors in Nigeria. These range from the development of low carbon design strategies to the complementary roles of design and sustainability within both public and private housing and a demonstration of how Nigeria’s built environment could look in the future.

The objectives of the show include:
– Showcasing innovative, sustainable housing and place-making to a wide audience and to help change attitudes towards house and place design;
– Stimulating the construction industry in terms of consideration of design-led housing solutions and high quality home-grown and manufactured skills, materials and products;
– Investigation and trial of ways of thinking about places, design and materials.

Abuja international housing show is the largest convening of real estate and community development, and affordable housing finance professionals in Africa, bringing together over 1,000 practitioners.

Described as Africa’s largest housing event, the 12th Abuja International Housing Show involves exhibitions designed to provoke discussion on alternative development scenarios: Future Homes, the House, Home/Homelessness and Year One. With the assistance of art and technology, these exhibitions are to focus on major questions of urban lifestyles, and how situations may change or be changed in the future.

The meaning, function and value of the home will be discussed and presented through a framework of different themes relating to home. Future possibilities for housing, Homes and living will be exhibited in what is to be the largest home exhibition of the era, involving specially furnished houses.

Visits to Affordable Housing Estates around Abuja municipality will highlight an opportunity to demonstrate how an occupant can become involved in the design process, including influencing house layout and fabric choices, and bringing individual needs more into focus in future design developments. This would allow the prospective occupant to engage directly with the house-builder, and could ultimately positively increase demand for home grown products and services.

The 12th Abuja International Housing Show, If YOU are not THERE, then YOU are not THERE.visit www.abujainternationalhousingshow.com to register

Kunle Faleti, US Based Mortgage Banker and Abuja International Housing Show Ambassador

AMMC ENDORSES 12TH ABUJA INTERNATIONAL HOUSING SHOW

The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) has confirmed its full participation at the 12th Abuja International Housing Show billed for 16th to 19th July, 2018.

The Coordinator of the Council, Town Planner Umar Shuaibu confirmed AMMC’s participation to Housing Development Programme on AIT in an interview in his office in Abuja.

He said the Council will be fully active at the Show expected to take place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja and called on everyone to ensure they don’t miss it.

The Abuja International Housing powered by International Housing and Construction Show Limited and Fesadeb Communications, promoters of Housing Development Programme on AIT is the largest housing and construction event in Africa.

It will draw over 30 international speakers and over 15,000 participants from all over the world. The show equally draws international investors with over $7 billion business opportunities to be showcased and will witness 400 companies exhibiting their businesses. This year’s show will feature over 350 exhibitors from not less than 10 countries

You can register for the event at www.aihs2018.com for details on how to be a part of the largest housing show on the continent.

By Adeleke Samuel for Housing News

 

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