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Published On: Wed, May 1st, 2019

Housing: Gov’t assures delivery of world class buildings in Abuja

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By Stanley Onyekwere

The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has assured to ensure the delivery of world class public and private buildings, with exquisite interior and exterior ambiance expected for healthy living.
FCDA Executive Secretary, Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin gave this assurance while speaking at a recent seminar for stakeholders in the building industry, oranised in conjunction with Creative House at the Authority’s conference hall, in Abuja.
Jibrin said: “This exhibition is the Authority’s modest contribution towards the promotion of optimum standards and international best practices in all aspects of the building industry.
“Much more, it serves as a forum where participants can offer innovative solutions and options to knotty interior challenges being faced in various building types.
“The theme will provide a suitable platform for a one-on-one interactive between and among stakeholders in the building and also sensitize on the need and benefits of defining interior spaces with accent pieces and treatment through practical demonstrations.”
According to the FCDA boss: “Space Definition is all about taking responsibility for the spaces we occupy by expressing ourselves with the things that mean most to us personally, professionally and socio-culturally. This is natural instinct.
“This this exhibition is apt and timely as we all live, work and play in spaces. When we take responsibility for these spaces, we derive a psychological settlement and calmness that is subtle yet profound enough to affect our wellbeing and productivity.”
Furthermore, the FCDA Executive Secretary, who was represented by the Director, Mass Housing department, Engr. Emmanuel Oluwadamisi, explained that the word “does not stop with phonetics and languages, within the built environment, accents are found and used both in the exterior and interior spaces.
“Externally, they could be colours, columns and fixtures like doors or other forms that embellish and give character to both the structure and cityscape, silently speaking volumes about the individual, establishment or community.”
Jibrin therefore called on all relevant departments and agencies to also carry out similar trainings so as to “add value, richness, little colour, painting and artwork.”
Speaking earlier, Director, Department of Public Buildings, Anthony Odigie, explained that the seminar was the 30th in the series, adding that it transformed into an exhibition in 2016 and has continued to make improvement and innovations.
He underscored the importance of space definition in designing and called on the stakeholders to always come together and work together for the progress of all.
Chairman of the Capacity Building Committee, who doubles as Deputy Director, Public Buildings, Adebowale Olugbadebo Ademo, in his welcome address, said the objective of the programme, which was to bequeath a capital citity comparable to the best in the world.
Ademo pledged they would remain open to new relevant technologies to achieve the best for the FCT and country at large.
The two-day event, which had two segments -presentation and exhibition, was attended by many staffers of several departments under the FCDA and FCT Administration, including the departments of Engineering, Mass Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, Survey and Development Control, among others.

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