By Jude Njoku
The 23rd edition of Archibuilt , the annual specialised exposition and workshops on the building, construction and infrastructural development sector, organised by the Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA, will be declared open by President Goodluck Jonathan on August 22, 2012 in Abuja.
A statement by the Honorary General Secretary of NIA, Mr. Abdullahi Shime Abubakar noted that “Archibuilt has over the years attracted world-class companies and organisations from Nigeria and abroad as exhibitors while conversely pulling in good visitor participation with a cumulative of about 500,000 people in recent years for both the seminars and the expositions.
“The Archibuilt platform has evolved into a veritable tool which the NIA utilises to contribute to national development by creating a framework for the infusion of international-best ideas and practices with the cross fertilization of local realities and expert opinions towards the success of the national developmental agenda, “ he said.
Abubakar disclosed that the theme for Archibuilt 2012 is: Viability and Sustainabilty of Africa’s Future Cities. “The show-piece will also feature workshop sessions which will run concurrently with the exposition. Sub-themes for the workshop are: Addressing Security Concerns in City Development; Planning for Power Sufficiency in City Development; Project Financing in City Development and Abuja City Development – A Case Study.
Application of the New Conditions of Engagement The workshops are knowledge-sharing sessions focused on a specific topic at a time and they offer participants the opportunity to gain practical knowledge from leading experts. They provide in-depth insights into a particular project or set of projects, an initiative or development, or an emerging issue in the built environment”, he said.