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Experts move to plug 17m housing gap

by ODINAKA ANUDU

October 24, 2017 | 4:23 pm
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Professionals in the construction and built sector are congregating in Lagos to deliberate on how to plug 17 million housing gap and infrastructure deficiencies plaguing the country.

Nigeria Build Expo will attract 600 to 800 professionals from engineering and building sectors, 78 attendees from 12 countries as well as over 3,200 visitors from Nigeria and countries such as

Turkey, China, Egypt, India, Ukraine and other parts of the world.

Nihat Suer AY, general manager of Elan Expo, said there is more international participation this year;s edition, the second in the series, adding that the major experts have agreed to participate in the expo to proffer solutions to perennial housing and construction challenges facing the country.

Jude Chime, project coordinator, said the event will bring in more foreign direct investments and technology transfer into Nigeria.

“Investors are not just coming to take notes but they are coming to meet with Nigerians,” Chime said, stating that a top official will be coming from the North-East to share her experience on the level of construction taking place there.

Funmi Akingbagbohun, vice chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers, said the event is coming at a time when infrastructural development is needed in the country, stating that it is impossible to move the country without engineering.

Akingbagbohun stated that such events are important for Nigerians at the moment as it will enable them to learn from the technology of other countries.

Felicia Agubata, president-elect of Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, said the event will showcase some of the best women engineers in the country.

Fadil Abiodun Elegbede, general secretary of Nigerian Institute of Building, urged Nigerians to participate to contribute to solving infrastructure gaps.

“Those coming from outside the country will share their experience and tell us how best to solve our infrastructure problems,” Elegbede said.

 

ODINAKA ANUDU

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