Abuja based real estate giant BSTAN Homes recently held the National House Fair 5.0 at the at International Conference Centre, (ICC) Abuja, with top dignitaries in attendance with the aim to promote economic and social development via sustainable housing.
With the theme of Three ‘S’ of Shelter in Economic Stability – A New Wave”. Viz-a-viz Standard, Secure, and Sustainable.
The event not only provided an opportunity to explore, connect, and provide access to a better life by making quality and safe shelter available to all people, irrespective of social or economic position it also exposed participants and attendants the opportunity to network and invest in real estate across Nigeria.
At the programme Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, who was among that delivered speech called for the increased partnership of the private and public sectors in the housing industry, explaining that the problem of housing is everybody’s business.
Obasanjo made this call through a virtual speech, commending the Group for its introduction of the “metro shelter” scheme aimed at decentralising movement from rural to urban areas.
He stated that BSTAN Group cannot remedy the housing deficit alone, stressing that the government at all levels, as well as the private sector, need to do more in ensuring that the housing issue ceases to exist.
He said, “Housing is one of the essential requirements of humankind. Here, let me commend what BSTAN Group has been doing in providing affordable accommodation all over Nigeria. They have covered about a third of the states in the country. There’s still a lot to be done, but once again I will say, more grease to their elbow.
“What exactly are they doing? They work on what they call metro housing scheme; which is to actually ensure that houses are spread to new organised areas, organised in the sense that, wherever you have around 1000 people, they become what you can call an organised area, and so what you need is affordable housing, businesses, employment opportunities so that people can stay as close to where they are working as possible and this idea is a very welcome, and again I will commend Bstan for metro housing.
“BSTAN alone cannot carry this baggage by itself, it has to work with others in the private sector, it has to work with government at the local government level, state level and at the Federal level, Regional level; like the ECOWAS and such other regions in Africa.
“I will urge and plead with the government in Nigeria at every level to work hand in hand with the private sector; the likes of BSTAN to develop and implement more housing system, bringing houses to little urban communities so that they can be encouraged to remain in their location rather than move to large locations which will create other problems.
He expressed his belief in what BSTAN group is doing in housing development and provision of housing at affordable prices for all categories of people in Nigeria and further wished them success.
Also, the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who delivered speech through his Chief of Staff, Mr. Adeola Ipaye called challenged professionals to devise means and methods by which the huge housing deficit in the country can be bridged as soon as possible.
The VP, who was the chairman of the occasion at the opening ceremony of the House Fair said the issue of providing cheap and affordable accommodation for Nigerians and reducing the deficit gap seemed to have defied all solutions since independence.
“This challenge which over the last six decades has continued to evade sustainable solution must be tackled. But I can assure you that it is also one of issues this administration is seriously determined to resolve.
“Although, there is no shortage of policies and programmes enacted by various governments to tackle this debacle, we all know that the effective implementation remains the persistent problem. I therefore hope that those of you, eminent professionals, who are participating in the event today will enthusiastically deploy your skills and experience to find the right answers to the housing question in Nigeria, particularly the housing needs of the 70% of Nigerians who are low-income earners, but who are desperately seeking a home they can afford,” VP Osinbajo added.
He also gave kudos to the Managing Director of BSTAN Group, Dr. Becky Olubukola, for her initiative which in the past have brought together over 950 exhibitors from 20 countries to meet over 15,000 industry decision-makers and providing individuals and stakeholders with the resources and professional guidance they need to make homeownership a reality for millions of people.
Dr Olubukola said the aim of the event was to help in solving the housing need of the people and charting the way forward in the sector.
Others speakers at the event included the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Mrs. Adetoke Benson-Awoyinka who represented the Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu, representative of Ogun State Governor, Mr. Akande Omoniyi who is also the Commissioner for Housing in the state, Senator Grace Bent, Rev. Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi, among others.
Also speaking, the Group Managing Director, BSTAN Group, Dr Becky Olubukola thanked the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi who is the Chairman of BSTAN Group for his unflinching support and the fatherly role he plays.
According to her, BSTAN is working tirelessly and in partnership with several state governments and the private sector to not just provide accommodation, but make homes that are safe, efficient, secure, with adequate electricity, adopting new technologies that allow for speed in construction – hence the metro shelter scheme.
Olubokula also congratulated the BSTAN Group management and staff for the Success of the NHF 5.0 and also appreciate them for their hard work and tenacity…
‘’The sky is the starting point…we are the future of the housing sector in Africa’’ she added.
The event was not about lecture alone as the leading property firms rewarded attendance as many won plots of land and other mouth-watering gifts through a raffle draw.
The World Celebrates Quintessential Architect, Princess Fifi Ejindu at 60
Unarguably, Fifi Ejindu is living up to the description of her name, Offiong, which means Full Moon. In her six decades of existence, the quintessential woman illuminates during a time of heightened emotions and adds brilliant colours to the lives of many in need.
First, as a wife, her husband cannot wish for a better lover, soul mate and ‘gist’ mate. As a mother, the sophisticated and elegant woman is sweet and wonderful, like her middle name, Ekanem, which means ‘Sweet Mother’. This is seen in the way she raised her children. But her biological children are not only the beneficiaries of her motherly care. Anyone who has crossed paths with her will easily testify to her tenderness.
Even in her business, her profile is continually on the rise. Her competitors easily agree that she is blessed with the proverbial Midas touch!
Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that the princess’ life epitomises a tenacity of purpose. Her ability as a strategist and winner has never been in doubt. Every move she makes, either in her business or private life, has never escaped the attention of newshounds; she is a delight to professional journalists and biographers.
A well-loved woman by members of her immediate environment, Ejindu is acknowledged as one of the few successful individuals who see the need to give back to society as a priority.
The light-skinned princess is one of the few women whose beauty would make any full-blooded man drool. She is not an attention-seeker, but if you meet her at a social event, you will pause to appreciate her God-given endowments. Were there a beauty competition for people her age, this drop-dead beauty will certainly come tops. So many features, including her curvature, come-hither-look and shape, will qualify her for the diadem. Such is the power of her beauty, even as she clocks 60.
At her age, Ejindu still boasts glowing skin. It was all these rare qualities, in addition to her commanding dress sense, that usually make her the cynosure of eyes at any public event. So, whenever her birthday is approaching, her family, friends and others who have benefitted from her large-heartedness and benevolence always see the day as another golden opportunity to celebrate her. The eulogies, no doubt, usually come in torrents.
It was gathered that they often do this out of deep respect for the woman with the uncommon milk of kindness. Surprisingly, however, as she clocked 60 yesterday, Saturday, May 21, 2022, the woman did not see the day as significantly different from the others. She was grateful to the Creator for the gift of life. She celebrated the day with her families and close friends while she also used the opportunity to sing songs of praise to her Creator for the journey so far.
The philanthropist’s passion for empowering the African youth is demonstrated through the NGO she founded known as the “African Arts and Fashion Initiative”, with the mission to ignite the modern African generation in arts and fashion by driving youths into various fields of their desire through fundraisers, scholarships.
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Fuel As Souvenirs: Erelu Okin Pearl Ogbulu Submits Self to Police For Investigation
After coming under fire for using jerrycans of fuel as souvenirs to her guests at her event last week held at Havillah Event Centre Oniru, Lagos, The Erelu Okin, Pearl Ogbulu have been remorseful over the incident claiming she only gave people the fuel outside before some over enthusiastic guest took the fuel into the Hall in excitement.
Since the video of the event went viral giving room for public outrage, the Lagos state government has reprimanded her by shutting the Havillah Event centre where the event was held. In other to show how remorseful taking responsibility for the whole event, she has today reported to the office of the Lagos commissioner Of Police for proper investigation.
Making this known via her verified Instagram handle, she posted that; “I have come again on bender knees to say I am sorry about the petrol souvenir
I have ‘reported’ myself to the police this afternoon to help with their investigation
My intent is to help on their investigation to the unfortunate incident.
I am thankful that my error in judgment has not caused damage and I plead with you all not throw the baby away with the dirty water
I am sorry and my intent was never to cause harm to anyone or abuse your sensibilities. Do not destroy me because of my unintentional error. I have come to regret my error
I intend to focus on safety and security and will put my energy on ensuring that my community works include safety and security
I want to use this opportunity to thank all my loved ones for their support. Your kind words have helped my mental health. I will remain focused and put effort to the community
Erelu Okin Pearl C. Ogbulu”
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