By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
As the stage becomes set for the 15th edition of the Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) to commence, the convener, Barr. Festus Adebayo, has hinted that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola and other dignitaries from within and outside Nigeria will grace the event.
Barr. Adebayo disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing the press in Abuja on the housing show adjudged to be the biggest around West Africa, billed to commence on Monday, July 26 and end on Thursday, July 29, 2021 in Abuja.
According to him, the Federal Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, as well as Ghana’s Minister of State for Works and Housing, Frida Prempeh, will also be in attendance, while
the Executive Governor of Bornu State, Babagana Umar Zulum, will be receiving an award of performance.
He said, “At this year’s AIHS, are expecting so many dignitaries from within and outside; the FCT Minister will be in attendance; Minister of Works and Housing, as well as that of Health are coming; even the Ghanian Minister of State for Works and Housing will be there, and that tells you the importance of the event to them in that country.
Governor Zulum of Bornu State, whom some of people call Mr Bulldozer, will receiving Award in the course of the event, even as a few other governors are expected to be in attendance.
Expressing concern about the backwardness being experienced in the country in terms of housing, the convener of AIHS, said all sides of the issues affecting housing development in the country will be addressed at the event as stakeholders rub minds together.
“At this year’s AIHS, we are going to push from different fronts towards addressing the housing problems being faced in the country. For instance, how to utilise pension fund for affordable housing will be in focus in the course of the show.
“We will leave no stone unturned in the quest for affordable housing for Nigerians, and we will not leave the show without ensuring that stakeholders understand why they implement all the resolutions.
“Providing houses is key to solving most of the social problems we face today-insecurity among others, name them, because you to build just one bedroom apartment, you have to engage the bricklayer, the carpenter, the welder, the plumber, the electrician, etc, and you can now imagine the economic implication of this in the entire value chain,” he explained.