Stakeholders in the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, NIESV, have identified areas they want the Buhari-led federal government to intervene and urged government to involve members of the institution in housing valuation issues.
They expressed displeasure at the low rate of housing development in the country, urging government to make deliberate efforts to house Nigerians because of the socio-economic advantages.
The first vice president of NIEVS, Dr. Bolarinde Ajayi, who stated this during their stakeholders meeting advised the Minister of Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to involve all relevant stakeholders in the built environment to enable him succeed faster in the execution of his duties.
He said because of the diversity of the profession of estate surveyors and consistent introduction of innovation into the practice the need has become pertinent for the professionals in the discipline to specialise.
Also speaking, Chairman, Faculty of Housing, NIESV, Elder Biodun Odeleye said the institution, through the Faculty of Housing, has been making frantic efforts to come up with a robust template on affordable housing delivery models in the country through community development approach to tackle the nation’s housing deficit.
He said research and practical experiences have exposed potent methods in dealing with the problems militating against effective housing delivery in the country.
Odeleye said, “We just concluded our programme, the national housing summit, the 2015 edition in Abuja. During the programme we highlighted how housing could be made affordable through community development concepts and that programme was very well attended and we had key speakers and lead discussants who came from the academia and development world.
“We had resource person from the Real Estate Development Association of Nigeria, REDAN. We harped on how we can use communities, professionals bodies, groups, associations, cooperative societies to start the agenda of providing houses for their members because when we are together and understand ourselves.
“We will be able to build synergies in terms of raising funds, facilitating how to access lands and we also emphasised the need for the housing ministries to work hand in hand with key stakeholders within the housing sector like the Federal Mortgage Bank, the mortgage refinance institutions, primary mortgage institutions, the builders merchants, all of them that have one role or the other to play in the housing sector.
“So that we can all work together, it is through the process of working together with the stakeholders that we can achieve the objective of providing houses for the teeming population in Nigeria.”

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