2022 Africa Housing Award: Elrufai, Imani For Induction Into Hall of Fame
Come December 15, 2022 all roads will lead to the International Conference Center, Abuja where some distinguished Nigerians will be inducted into the “Afordable Housing Hall of Fame”. Among them are the Former FCT Minister and incumbent Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-rufai and Gboyega Fatimilehin, a notable Estate Surveyor and Valuer.
The founder of Imani Estate, Malam Abdul Abubakar will be posthumously inducted for his pioneering role in estate development in the FCT. According to the Executive Director, Housing Development Advocacy Network, HDAN Festus Adebayo explained that the induction is to honour those who have made very significant impact in the development of the housing sector in Nigeria.
Adebayo recalled that in 2021, late former Vice-President, Alex Ekweme, late former Governor of Lagos State Jakande and few others were posthumously inducted into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame in recognition of their role in housing development. He also announced that this year, over 30 persons and institutions will be conferred awards for their most valuable contribution in enhancing quality, decent and affordable housing delivery, housing market expansion, financing, housing innovation among others.
The HDAN Executive Director said the awards is to recognise excellent performance and to inspire both the public and private sector to be at the vanguard of fulfilling the dreams of Nigerians to own decent housing. “The event also provides opportunity to reflect on the outgoing year, identify shortcomings and to chart the way forward in the coming year”. Adebayo said.
He also disclosed that the most significant aspect of this year’s award ceremony is a segment where polical parties seeking to clinch power at the center will be interrogated on their plans to ensure decent and affordable housing for all classes of Nigerians. ” As of today, the APC, PDP and LP have indicated interest to attend and unveil their agenda on moving the housing sector forward. We must interogate them on how they plan to bridge the housing deficit in the country and put smiles on the faces of ordinary Nigerians in the area of shelter. We must hold them by their promises”. The HDAN Executive Director added.