By Kingsley Adegboye
The 2009 Nigerian Real Estate Fair slated for September 29-30 at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos has received the backing of the Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Urban Development.
The annual property fair organised annually in the past four years by Soe Properties Limited, is focussed on the development of optimal real estate solutions for stakeholders in real estate development, advisory services, dredging, training and exhibitions.
Managing Director/ CEO, Soe Properties, Mr. Olisa Ebigwei, said that the fair will serve as a meeting point for all stakeholders to sell, buy and project the latest trends and ideas in real estate development, adding that it is going to be a convergence of the best brains in real estate development in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, with the theme: â€œBridging The Housing Gap Through Public Private Partnership Programmeâ€.
Ebigwei disclosed that the Minister of State for Works, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Grace Ekpiwhere, gave her backing at a recent meeting in Abuja to promote the fair.
â€œFor us, the interest of the Federal Government in the fair is a great milestone for the countryâ€™s real estate industry and that goes to a large extent to show that the issue of housing as a critical index in the Millennium Development Goals is receiving the desired attention by all stakeholders including government,â€Â Ebigwei enthused, while hoping that the forum will help fashion out solutions to the nationâ€™s huge housing problems.
Notable personalities expected at the fair include: Boitmelo Moloi, District Mayor of Kenneth Kaunda Municipality, South Africa; Olugbenga Olabanjo, Chairman, PPP (Housing) at the Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Urban Development; Ghanaâ€™s Real Estate Developers Association President and the countryâ€™s Housing Minister, and Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, among others.
Highly elated over the success so far recorded by the fair since 2006 when it made is debut, Ebigwei hoped that through events like this, solutions to the nationâ€™s huge housing problems could be proffered.