The Millard Fuller Foundation has held the second edition of its Housing Seminar Series. The seminar, which held as a pre-event of the 13th Abuja International Housing Show took place on Wednesday, 3rd July 2019 at the office premises of the Millard Fuller Foundation, Masaka near Abuja.
The seminar had in attendance major stakeholders in the housing sector, notable among them being: Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe, CEO/Founder, LAPO Microfinance Bank, Dr. Yemi Adelakun, Chairman, Nigeria Integrated Social Housing (NISH), Mr. Ebenezer Adebisi, Head of Housing Cooperative, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Festus Adebayo, Convener, Abuja International Housing Show, Prof. Charles Inyangete, MD Innovative Risk Investment Services (IRIS), Medissa Uthman, Executive Director, Hydraform and representatives of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Real Estate Developers’ Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Family Homes Funds Ltd. (FHFL), GIZ and Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC).
In his opening remarks, the CEO, Millard Fuller Foundation, Sam Odia said: “Our desire since the inception of our organization has been to work for the poor by providing simple, decent & affordable housing. Nigeria has all it takes to house its people but we lack the the commitment. We cannot shy away from the hurdles facing the delivery of affordable housing in Nigeria, hence the need to bring practitioners in the industry to a roundtable periodically for brainstorming sessions”.
“It is expected that discussants at this seminar will deliberate upon how housing cooperatives can serve as a viable option to accessing housing for both the formal and informal sectors,” Odia said.
The three main presenters at the seminar, Dr. Yemi Adelakun, Ebenezer Adebisi and Dr. Godwin Ehigiamusoe focused on Funds Mobilization; Mobilizing savings for down-deposits, Affordability; structuring repayments and Overcoming environmental, market & regulatory restraints, using their own organizations’ experience as a basis.
While commending the effort of the Millard Fuller Foundation for putting together the seminar series, the convener of the Abuja International Housing Show, Barrister Festus Adebayo said that recommendations from the seminar will be presented during the 13th edition of the Abuja International Housing Show which is slated to hold later in the month.
An initiative of the Millard Fuller Foundation, the Fuller Housing Seminars was conceived in 2018 with the aim of proffering experience-based, practical solutions to the numerous challenges facing affordable housing delivery in Nigeria. The first edition of the seminar held at the premises of the Millard Fuller Foundation on Thursday, 22nd March 2018 and had major stakeholders in the Nigeria housing sector in attendance.