The Millard Fuller Foundation, on Wednesday, 15th August 2018, held a luncheon in honour of Horst Bauernfeind, GIZ’s outgoing Head of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Programmes.

The informal event which was held at the Fuller office had in attendance housing construction and finance experts who have, at one point or another, worked with Horst in the course of carrying out his duties in Nigeria. Notable amongst them were GIZ’s new Head of Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) Programmes – Mr. Hans-Ludwig Grums, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Nigeria President on Job Creation and Youth Employment, Office of the Vice President – Afolabi Imoukhuede,  Director of Policy, Corporate and Strategic Partnerships, NMRC – Dr. Chii Akporji, the convener of the Abuja Housing Show – Mr. Festus Adebayo, CEO of Value Chain Consult – Dr. Joshua Egbagbe, CEO MFF Housing – Sam Odia, representatives of Trustbond Mortgage Bank, among others.

Odia, while welcoming the invited guests shortly after the meet and greet session, thanked them for taking time off their busy schedule to honour Horst who has, in no small measure, contributed to the growth of affordable housing in Nigeria.

There were tributes in honour of Horst from some of the invited guests, all of which pointed to his love and commitment towards assuring that low-income earners in Nigeria felt a sense of belonging.

In his response, Horst commended Fuller for organising the luncheon in his honour and said that though he would no longer be working in Nigeria, he will not hesitate to offer his support and advise whenever the need arises.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is a German development agency headquartered in Bonn and Eschborn and provides services in the field of international development cooperation. GIZ mainly implements technical cooperation projects of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, its main commissioning party, although it also works with the private sector and other national and supranational government organizations on a public benefit basis.

The luncheon also had as part of its entertainment, a Tiv cultural troop, who thrilled the guests with their ‘swange’ dance steps.