Experts in the built environment have called for the development of local content in the country’s construction sector.
According to them, this will bring down the prices of houses and create opportunities for the masses to have access to decent accommodation.
The Acting National President, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Mr. Luka Achi, said the government and professionals must work on projects that would be cost-effective.
“It is possible to have reasonable materials that will make projects cheaper and more durable in housing delivery,” he said.
The President, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Dr. Joshua Patunola-Ajayi, said that if the greater percentage of building materials in the country were sourced locally, it would be possible to make housing cheaper and more accessible to every citizen.
He said, “Dependence on imported materials has put pressure on the prices of housing and this cost has negative effect on delivery.
“The level of building materials produced in the country will reflect in the number finished products; there is great relevance in the development of indigenous building materials.”
According to Patunola-Ajayi, there is a need to improve on technology.
The President, National Industrial Safety Council, Dr. Reginald Anyanwu, stated that if professionals could turn the pharmaceutical industry to become one of the best in Africa, the same could be done in the building and construction sector.
He said that most collapsed buildings in the country were constructed using inferior imported products.
“This menace may be reduced if we encourage the use of local materials,” he noted.
The Chairman, Lagos Housing Fair Committee, Mr. Moses Ogunleye, said specific attention needed to be paid to the values and benefits in the production, application and promotion of indigenous materials of all types.
“For the nation to have an enhanced building materials production system, we believe there should be an expansion and improvement in the manufacturing base as well as an efficient distribution network,” he said.
The General Manager, Lagos State Radio Service, which organised the fair alongside Beachland Resources, Mrs. Funke Moore, stated that the vision was to make the country self-sufficient in the production of building materials and enhance capacity in the exploitation of products and services in the building and construction sector.