No fewer than 108 indigenous firms, ten countries and 20 organisations have indicated interest to participate in this year’s annual gathering of housing stakeholders, known as 10th Abuja Housing Show.
The countries for the Abuja Housing Show organized by FESADEB Communications Limited, producer of Housing Programme on AIT Abuja and Housing Time on Raypower are Turkey, Malaysia, Netherlands, UK, USA, Ghana, South Africa, Ireland, Kenya and Brazil. The programme showcases top building materials producers and housing finance companies.
The theme of the event, “Expanding Access to Affordable Housing in Africa” will be declared open by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo even as eminent speakers from Spain, South Africa, USA, Gambia and Nigeria have been carefully selected to deliver lectures on diverse topics.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola is the Chief Host while the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Muhammad Bello is Guest of Honour.
The Managing Director (MD) of UPDC, Mr Hakeem Oguniran is Keynot Speaker. Guest speakers are the MD of Hydrofoam from South Africa, Mr Robert Plattner and MD of Global Green Built from Spain, Mr Alejandro Pons.
Partners in this year’s show include: AFP Furniture, a subsidiary of Julius Berger Plc; Dangote Group; cement manufacturer Lafarge, wood preservative producer Solignum; West Africa Ceramics; Haven Homes; UPDC; Platinum Mortgage Bank; Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC); Rock of Ages Properties Limited; and Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN).
Abuja Housing Show is the biggest housing event for housing stakeholders in Africa. The forum provides opportunity to mortgage banks, developers, building material producers and professionals in the building industry to showcase their products and services as well as exchange ideas and share innovations in the industry.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FESADEB Communications, Festus Adebayo said there would be lottery and award dinner to mark the 10th anniversary of the show and appreciate stakeholders for their efforts in the industry.
Star prize for the lottery is a vast piece of land to be won through a raffle draw.
According to Adebayo, the programme has led to creation of stand-alone Ministry of Housing in Jigawa, Rivers and Bayelsa states.
Abuja Housing Show which is similar to the American Builders Show has contributed immensely to housing development in Nigeria.