The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) through the Faculty of Housing said it has concluded plans to unveil some affordable housing delivery models, through community development approach to tackle the nation’s housing deficit.
The Chairman, NIESV Faculty of Housing Elder Biodun Odeleye who disclosed this at a press briefing in Lagos said research and practical experiences have exposed potent methods in dealing with the problems militating against effective housing delivery in the country.
He said,” private groups, corporate bodies, professional associations, trade labour unions, religious organizations, cooperatives movements, among others are now catering for the housing needs of their members through their various platforms . The community synergy guarantees access to land at reduced cost, access to finance, quality home ownership in organized estates with shared infrastructure and services. This concept has given rise to various housing clusters in the cities , thereby increasing activities in housing sector.”
To this end, Odeleye explained that the 2015 National Summit on Housing being the fourth edition scheduled to take place in Abuja promises to expose for the benefit of the general public and government realistic model which are not only affordable but would provide a veritable tool towards reducing the deficit in housing sector.
“The summit aims at a very constructive engagement with stakeholders while presenting models for pragmatic and optimal resource application in order to achieve the ultimate goal of an effective and affordable housing delivery for Nigerians at home and in the diaspora.
He said the summit with the theme,”, Effective Housing Delivery Models Through Community Development Concepts parade erudite scholars in the housing sector as resource persons, saying Professor Olumide Olusanya of the Department of Architecture , University of Lagos will speak on how to achieve effective housing delivery model through community development concept.
The Faculty of Housing boss said,” Affordability for informal housing clusters will be handled by Mr. Bode Afolayan, the immediate past president of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN). While Darlington Uzu the Chief Executive Officer Crown Estate will speak on how to arrest urban decay through effective housing management strategies.”