FCT Minister, SGF Applaud AIHS Organisers Over Success Of Its 15th Edition

FCT Minister, SGF Applaud AIHS Organisers Over Success Of Its 15th Edition

Mustapha Suleiman

The FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, have commended the organisers of Abuja International Housing Show(AIHS) and its numerous partners and collaborators for sustaining the annual Show for the past 15 years and nurturing from a small gathering of exhibition to becoming Africa’s biggest housing and construction event.

They both gave this commendation at the Opening Ceremony of the 3–day event which began in Abuja at the International Conference Centre on Monday.

In his own address, FCT minister Muhammad Bello, noted the dedication and commitment of the annual show to the development of the housing sector, saying it is in tandem with the FCT Administration efforts for the provision of affordable housing and urban renewal agenda.

He said that the FCT has over the past decade witnessed an unprecedented increase in population growth and the development has put a huge strain on housing, city infrastructure and utilities.

The minister said, "While we are making concerted efforts to remove such slums and shanty dwellings, a more plausible solution to this problem is the massive provision of affordable housing for the low and middle income earners.

This can be achieved with an active participation of the private sector in every aspect of this huge endeavour."

In his goodwill message at the occasion, Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, noted that the AIHS theme for this year "Sustainable and resilient housing solution for a post-pandemic world" is timely as it focuses on making housing a policy and response tool towards addressing Covid-19 pandemic.

According to him, Nigeria like its counterparts across emerging and advanced markets is dealing with issues that are tied to increase in population, rapid urbanisation rate, dwindling resources, youth unemployment, terrorism and Covid-19 pandemic, saying this years Show will guide the government in its efforts to address the issues in the housing and construction sector.

The SGF said, the government’s plans and initiatives in the aftermath of the pandemic induced recession and the prevalent challenges include its focus on the housing and construction sector of the economy as major drivers of the present administration’s economic plan."

He added that the government has taken a collaborative approach to address the nation`s challenges by establishing the N200 billion housing intervention called the National Social Housing Programme’’ contained in the recently approved National Economic Sustainability Plan(NESP) to deliver over 300 thousand houses for low income Nigerians aimed at addressing the housing affordability on an annual basis.

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