Expert identifies inadequate, inappropriate statistical data as key issues affecting housing delivery

Agency report

Mrs Uzor Onukwubiri, Managing Director Sow Real Estate Limited has identified inadequate and inappropriate statistics and data by managers of housing as key issues affecting housing delivery in the country.


She said this at a dinner organised by the company to mark its tenth anniversary on Tuesday in Abuja.


According to her, the level of housing shortage in the country has not been adequately presented by managers of the housing sector.


She added that untill this was done, ensuring effective housing delivery in the country may remain a mirage.


“One key issue affecting housing delivery in Nigeria is that the level of housing shortage has not been adequately presented.


“This is as a result of inadequate and inappropriate statistics and data by the managers of housing in Nigeria,” she said.


Onukwubiri, added that attempts were however being made to estimate the magnitude of housing shortage in the country.


She recalled that the National Housing Policy specified in details that to achieve the goal of providing 15 million housing units by the year 2022, 1. 2 million housing units would have to be built yearly.


She said that though the exact reasons for the housing shortage vary across the country, the main problem in Nigeria was the low income of residents.


She said this became an issue since privately constructed houses were expected to comply with official planning laws and other costs incurred during the construction of the house.


She added that established in March 15, 2012 Sow Real Estate Limited was birthed with a view to turn housing dreams and desires into innovative reality while ensuring the maximum satisfaction of its subscribers and clients.


“It has been our pressing desire to play more than a passing role in curing the housing deficit in Nigeria through unique models that cater to individual preferences while staying affordable.


“We note that housing is the second most essential basic needs of humankind outside food.Its impact on the health and welfare and output of man is profound.


“Therefore, housing plays a vital role in a person’s standard of living and place in the society,” Onukwubiri


She noted that Nigeria had an estimated population of about 200 million people, saying that about 30 per cent of the entire population still struggled with quality shelter and housing crisis.


This, she said meant that urgent attention should be placed on the country’s housing sector if the housing needs of Nigerians were to be met.


She expressed gratitude to the company’s management and pledged commitment to transforming the lives of its clients.


Your work ethics are noted with immense pleasure and your dedication to the success of this company does not go without comment and appreciation.


“To everyone who supported this vision in their own unique way, stakeholders, staff, vendors, financial institutions and the legal team, from inception to date.


“It is with gratitude that we celebrate your contributions to the growth of Sow Real on this inaugural day.


Onukwubiri said the company had been providing quality housing at affordable costs without compromising quality and luxury of work done.


She added that the company had succeeded in meeting the housing needs of the Nigerian middle and upper-class.


“Our housing schemes are overseen by a team of engineers, architects, marketing and other supporting professional staff who were chosen on the basis of their excellent management, technical and entrepreneurial skills.


“The dedication, hard work and experience of our team has made Sow Real what it is today. We are a company committed to quality, efficiency and professionalism,”
she said.


She further added that the company was a realistic, logistics-minded one, committed to optimistic outputs, saying that it had never been satisfied with anything less than excellence.


This, she said was its binding covenant with its clients.


“Today as we look back on our years of sacrifice and successes, we are motivated to do more and exceed even our own projections,” Onukwubiri said.

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