The organiser of Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) has given reasons why it selected the trio of Yobe, Lagos and Borno state governors as recipients of its prestigious housing awards scheduled to take place between 26th- 29th of July at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
The coordinator of the annual international housing show, Festus Adebayo said that the choice of Yobe state governor Mai Mala Buni who is also the caretaker chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will be honoured at AIHS for his contribution to housing development, especially for low – cost housing.
According to Festus Adabayo, what we saw in Yobe state is affordable housing per excellence.
He said, “We observed some of those houses are built in collaboration with Family Homes Fund (FHF) and we see them as the best incentive for Covid.
We considered him for the coveted award along with his Lagos and Borno state counterparts.
Speaking further, Adebayo said that the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwolu is being honoured for his policies and efforts in the area of real estate regulations of which Lagos state has excelled.
He said that the Lagos state governor will receive award in the category of “real estate regulation,’’
Adebayo noted that Sanwolu has displayed an exemplary policy for others to emulate to regulate the sector, saying “we cannot continue to fold our arms and allow subscribers to patronise criminal real estate developers. He has done that by establishing a full-fledged agency for the purpose of achieving this. He has also simplified housing documentation, making it possible to do it virtually online.’’
On the choice of the Borno state governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum as housing awardee, he said that, despite the Boko haram insurgence, he is doing a lot of projects to alleviate the suffering of Borno people.
“He has over 500 projects, among the projects we are talking about are the low- cost houses that he has been building for all these people who have been displaced by Boko Haram insurgents,’’ said Adebayo.
Abuja international housing show is the largest housing and construction event in Africa.The platform has featured many Governors, ministers from different countries and national assembly members.