Estate Developers Tackle Mass Housing

Culled from Thisday Newspaper

There is growing concern that Nigeria still does not have a framework for curbing homelessness, particularly among its low to medium income group.
Housing has been identified as a veritable tool for poverty reduction and as been enshrined as part of the Millinnium Development Goals.
REDAN is an association of private sector-based operators in the housing sector, whose aim is to provide mass housing at affordable cost.
With this in mind, the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), have resolved to tackle this challenge with a focus on “Mass Housing Delivery-A Veritable Tool for Local Empowerment-Which Way Forward?” at a two-day workshop, which will hold at the Banquet Hall, Hassan Usman Katsina House, Kaduna from Thursday February 9 to Friday February 10. The workshop holds as part of the launch of the North-West Chapter of REDAN.
The main thrust of the workshop, is the question of finance, and how to ensure adequate funding of housing developers engaged in the production of decent and affordable housing and empowering buyers of mass houses.
Hajia Aminu Ibrahim, Senior Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals, will lead the discussion, while Mallam Tanimu Yakubu, Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) will deliver the Lead Paper. Also speaking is Mallam Ali Magashi, Managing Director, Jigawa Savings and Loans Limited.
Governor Mohammed Makarfi of Kaduna State is special guest and host, assisted by the Governors of Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States.
REDAN’s President Alhaji Lateef Jakande will chair the opening and inauguration, Senator John Danboyi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development and Hon Osita Izunaso, chairman, House of Reps., Committee on Housing and Urban Development will be guests of honour.
Members of REDAN, all professional bodies, and other key players in the nation’s Housing/Construction industry are expected at the event.

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