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AUHF Calls for More Nigeria Membership During 13th AIHS Breakfast Meeting with Stakeholders

African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) – an association of mortgage banks, building societies, microfinance institutions and banks, housing corporations and other organizations involved in the mobilisation of funds for shelter and housing on the African continent has called for more Nigerian presence in the association.

Kecia Rust, Executive Secretary of the association spoke with key housing and finance stakeholders in Nigeria at the 13th Abuja International Housing Show on Thursday in a breakfast meeting.

Nigeria, according to Kecia Rust is underrepresented and shouldn’t be, because of how important Nigeria is in Africa and more so because of what the country can benefit.

She mentioned that AUHF is already working with NMRC because they have similar objectives, especially with regards to use of good data. It is her expectation that more Nigerian housing and finance institutions join the team in order to collectively drive the affordable housing market in Africa.

They also organise an annual housing finance course of one week for Sub Sahara Africa in Cape Town, South Africa. The course, according to Rust, is in collaboration with International Union for Housing Finance.

The AUHF was established as a member based body of housing lenders in 1984. Today, AUHF comprises of 49 members from 16 countries across the continent.

As an industry body, the AUHF promotes the development of effective housing finance markets, and the delivery of affordable housing across Africa, working in the interests of both the members and the industry as a whole.

The association supports its members in realising their vision, through networking and deal facilitation, information collection and dissemination, lobbying and advocacy, and capacity building and training.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

13th AIHS: Nigeria Can Fund Housing with Capital Market Bonds – Hakeem Ogunniran

The CEO of Exima Realty, Hakeem Ogunniran has charged the Nigerian housing sector to seek funding opportunities through the capital market.

He noted this while speaking at the CEOs Forum Day-2 of 13th Abuja International Housing Show on Wednesday.

This year’s theme of the show focuses on driving sustainable housing finance models in the midst of global uncertainty, and a lot of speakers shared their thoughts about the best models.

For Hakeem Ogunniran, it is time for Nigeria to utilize the capital market.

Speaking on the topic ‘Sustainable Development in Nigeria housing market – prospects for debt/equity financing through the capital market,’ he said, “Real estate is a financing game and the Nigeria money market is largely unsuitable for housing development.

“Funding through the capital market is what we should focus on especially through bonds. We can’t grow this sector when a significant chunk of the money is going back to government.

“We also need to work assiduously on the issue of security of land titles. We need to also work on our legal and legislation framework.

“We must also have a proper legislation for REITS to thrive.”

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

Participants at 13th AIHS In Frenzy Over Easy Home Ownership Opportunities

Participants at the ongoing Abuja International Housing Show have expressed huge excitement over affordable home ownership opportunities currently available at the show as over 400 exhibitors impress them with multiple options to own a home.

Speaking with Housing News, Abdul Ansari, one of the home seekers at the exhibition said he has already sign up for a rent to own scheme by one of the affordable housing development companies at the show.

“The were able to break it down for me to understand, and I am very excited. It is something I have looked forward to for years, but never had an opportunity like this to meet face to face with the companies to know how to go about it,” he said.

Also speaking to Housing News, Franklin Adegbe said he has signed up for a 20 years help to own plan with very cheap mortgage that wouldn’t affect him and his family.

It has always been the mandate of Abuja International Housing Show to offer home seekers a big platform where they can access multiple and affordable home ownership opportunities.

Now in its 13th year, the benefit for participants has been tremendous and accounts for the number of turn out at this year’s edition.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

Family Homes Funds Speak on Progress at 13th AIHS

The Federal Government social housing scheme, Family Homes Funds siezed the stage at the 13th Abuja International Housing Show on Wednesday to share what they have achieved so far.

This year’s theme of the show focuses on driving sustainable housing finance models in the midst of global uncertainty, and a lot of speakers shared their thoughts about the best models and what how they are contributing to housing development in their respective capacities.

Speaking through a representative, the CEO of Family Homes Funds, Femi Adewole said that the Fund is here to address the very low home ownership problem in Nigeria; to tackle the low percentage of mortgage and to provide jobs.

“So far, we have completed 1000 homes, and about 3000 at different stages of development. We have so far created about 14000 jobs. We have over 500 completed units in Nasarawa, 750 in Kano, 650 in Delta and more all over the country. For us, we believe that it is not enough to supply houses without taking care of the demand side. That is where we come in,” he said.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

13th AIHS Honours Former Abuja Metropolitan Management Council Coordinator Umar Shuaibu

The Former Abuja Metropolitan Management Council Coordinator Umar Shuaibu has received a public service excellence award from the organisers of 13th Abuja International Housing Show at the event’s opening ceremony on Tuesday at International Conference Center Abuja.

The astute Town Planner has successfully completed his tenure at the Metropolitan Management Council where he oversaw a lot of administrative reforms and effective city management.

The Abuja International Housing Show is Africa’s largest housing and construction event for stakeholders to learn, network, exhibit and make sales.

 

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13th AIHS Honours Outgoing FGSHLB Exec. Sec. Hannatu Fika with Public Service Award

The Executive Secretary, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board, Dr (Mrs) Hannatu Adamu Fika has been honoured with a public service award at the opening ceremony of 13th Abuja International Housing Show on Tuesday at International Conference Center Abuja.

Hannatu Adamu Fika is a seasoned bureaucrat, and has served in different ranking capacities in the Federal Civil Service of Nigeria until she became the Executive Secretary, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board.

In this position, she partnered with local and international social housing developers to address the housing needs of middle and low income federal Public Servants.

She introduced several home ownership initiatives for workers including buyback of loan policy; rent to own initiative; home renovation loan in partnership with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).

She is one of the pioneer initiators of the FISH programme, an integrated staff housing program anchored by the Head of Service (HoS).

She also recently initiated a partnership with Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) to refinance the active mortgages of the board in order to increase the mortgage opportunities available to public servants.

Abuja International Housing Show is Africa’s largest housing and construction event for stakeholders to learn, network, exhibit and make sales.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

13th AIHS Honours Debra Erb of OPIC with Housing Finance Award

Managing Director of Housing Programs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Debra Erb has received an Excellence Award in Global Housing Finance from the Abuja International Housing Show during the opening ceremony of the event’s 13th edition on Tuesday in Abuja.

Debra Erb leads a team of finance officers to develop, diligence, underwrite and close SME debt and guaranty facilities in emerging markets. She also oversee a worldwide responsibility for business development in the housing finance and mortgage finance sectors.

 

She was previously the President, Societas International Institute for Real Estate Finance, initially funded by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America to support research, technical assistance and training in “best practices” of mortgage finance around the world.

The globally acclaimed mortgage expert has assisted in the area of funding for numerous countries including Ghana and Kenya.

 

The award, according to the organisers is in recognition of her housing finance interventions that have greatly impacted the sector for many beneficiaries.

She is currently attending the Abuja International Housing Show in Nigeria alongside local and international experts in housing and finance to ponder more on the sustainable models for the provision affordable housing.

The Abuja International Housing Show is a well recognised housing and construction show in Africa for learning, networking, exhibition and making of sales.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

Fmr Min of Environment, Suleiman Hassan Applauds 13th AIHS for Home Ownership Opportunities in Nigeria

The former Minister of state for housing and minister of environment, Suleiman Hassan has commended the organizers of 13th Abuja International Housing Show for their contributions to the affordable housing project in Nigeria.

The former Minister who was speaking on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the 13th edition of the show said the Abuja International Housing Show has become a significant platform for all stakeholders in housing and construction to convene and reach unanimous decisions on how to favourably position the sector.

“The organisers have been committed to this goal over the years and the calibre of guests we have here today is a testament to that. I applaud them for bringing everyone on board, and confident that resolutions reached here will be a noteworthy milestone.

“A combination of factors including lands administration, insufficient data, unprofessional dealings, and funding have posed great barriers to the provision of mass affordable housing in Nigeria. It is my pleasure to see how stakeholders at this year’s show can agree on the most sustainable solutions to these age-long problems.

“As always, we look forward to seeing the latest ideas and innovations at the exhibition stands; not to forget the opportunity for stakeholders to network and take back important information that will lead to positive changes in Nigeria and Africa’s housing and construction industries,” he said.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

Ibrahim Bunu Lauds 13th AIHS, Encourage Nigerians to Utilize its Home Ownership Opportunities

Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Arc. Ibrahim Bunu has lauded the organizers of 13th Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) over its commitment to affordable home ownership opportunities in Nigeria.

Ibrahim Bunu was the Chairman of Occasion at the opening ceremony of Africa’s biggest housing and construction event on Tuesday at International Conference Center, Abuja.

He praised the tenacity and ambition of the organizers and that the show’s ability to assemble local and international stakeholders of repute to deliberate on the way forward for this critical sub-sectors of the economy is no mean feat.

He said, “I am aware that recommendations from previous shows have greatly influenced housing legislations, innovations, and has served as a platform to call relevant stakeholders to action.

“Importantly too, the show has become a rallying point for public and private sector professionals to network, exchange ideas and fashion new ways to collaborate towards the enhancement of housing availability and affordability. The show has been a significant player in the promotion housing affordability and we give them credit for their commitment to the reduction of our country’s huge housing deficit.

“This year’s theme which focuses on driving sustainable housing finance models in the midst of global uncertainties cannot be more appropriate. The global housing market including Nigeria’s is in desperate need of new ideas, and if you like, alternatives to financing housing development. We are here to listen and learn from one another about how to face one of our most critical challenges – finance.

“The show has invited a strong panel of speakers and chief executives with the capacity to aid us in breaking the mould. As obtainable in most economies, I believe that housing should be one of the key contributors to Nigeria’s GDP. I am confident that this event will demystify the barriers and suggest the most sustainable and practical approaches to a robust housing sector that not only provides shelter, but jobs and economic opportunities.”

He encouraged Nigerians to maximise the opportunities at the event which includes learning, networking, exhibition, making of sales, and importantly, affordable home ownership.

This year’s show has over 400 exhibitors with multiple affordable home ownership schemes for Nigerians.

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

13th AIHS Not A Talk Show, A Practical Solution to Housing Problems – Festus Adebayo

The CEO and Managing Director of 13th Abuja International Housing Show, Festus Adebayo has said that the show is not a talk show, but a medium to proffer practical solutions the problems in the housing sector with far reaching effects across the continent.

Festus Adebayo made this known during the opening ceremony of the biggest housing and construction event in Africa on Tuesday at International Conference Center, Abuja.

The Show is currently hosting local and international dignitaries to deliberate on the way forward for the housing sector and exhibit latest trends in the industry.

According to Festus Adebayo, the journey leading up to the event has been long and worth every effort.

 

He said, “As always, we are here to benefit from our experiences and knowledge about how to do better and reach our collective goals in this critical sector of the economy.

As indicative from our theme this year, it is important for us to seek out alternative approaches to financing our dreams of providing every man with decent and affordable shelter. Now is the time to let in new brilliant ideas. We have confidence in our speakers and participants to make this year’s show a very inspiring one.

“We are out to realise a housing sector that will not only shelter man, but contribute to GDP, provide jobs and economic opportunities,” he said.

He also urged Nigerians to make the most of the event through networking, exhibition and affordable home ownership.

Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

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