Reports have it that stakeholders in the housing and mortgage finance sectors are set for the 2021 12th Edition of Housing Summit, a ground for professionals and participants to engage and proactively discuss issues in the sector with a view to proffering solution, is scheduled to hold in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, at the Sheraton Hotel on Thursday November 4th.
An Award ceremony is also expected to be held in recognition of few professionals and technocrats who have excelled in the housing industry.
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In a briefing with newsmen during the week, the convener of the Summit and the Chief Executive of Housing Circuit Limited, Seun Jegede confirmed the theme for this year’s parley which is “Setting up Sustainable Structures and Mobilising Private Investments for Housing Delivery in Nigeria.”
Stakeholders and dignitaries expected to be at the event include: Sen. Sam Egwu Chairman, Senate Committee on Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, Minister of Works and Housing, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, MD/CEO, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Sen. Gbenga Ashafa, MD/CEO, Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Abdulrasheed Bawa, Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Mr. Ibrahim Abdu Mairiga, Executive Secretary, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB).
Others include ESV Emma O. Wike, President, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors & Valuers (NIESV), Alh. (Dr.) Aliyu Wammanko, National President, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Hon. Mustapha Dawaki, Chairman, House Committee on Housing and Habitat, among other very distinguished personalities.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is the Special Guest of Honour while the Governor of Katsina State is the Chairman.
“The aim is to engage Nigerian communities both at home and in the Diaspora on the importance and benefits inherent in a functional mortgage policy towards affordable housing – the thematic focus of President Buhari’s Administration, Jegede said.
“The 2021 Housing Summit provides the opportunity for experienced and seasoned panelists to re-echo these sentiments by projecting the monumental strides of the present Administration in the area of housing, challenges confronting the realisation of its full capacity and the way forward.
“Experiences drawn from our previous engagements (spanning over 12 years) and particularly the 2020 Housing Conference in partnership with Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, which held in November 2020, informed the need to expand the frontiers of the conversation by hosting a more holistic, more embracing 2021 Housing Conference.
“The summit will also afford a select few of the Leadership of Professional Associations of Nigerians in Diaspora to connect directly through a live dialogue (Via Zoom) and communicate their home ownership dreams and constraints.
“The summit is expected to draw participants from the Presidency, Sub-Nationals, National Assembly, Mortgage Finance Parastatals, Housing/Finance Commissioners, Estate Developers, Real Estate Enthusiasts, Investment Bankers, Insurance Brokers and the General Public.
“At the end of the summit, we hope to come up with a Communiqué which will be submitted to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria and which will subsequently help to shape the National Policy on Housing.
“Affordable housing is the mantra of President Buhari’s Administration and to achieve this, there must be consistent, sustained conversations among all the stakeholders. The summit will also witness the unveiling of the November Special Edition of Housing Circuit Magazine devoted to legacy projects of Katsina State Government.”