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Made-in-Nigeria policy cannot work in housing sector – FCTA

“The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has said the Made-in-Nigeria policy of the federal government cannot work in the housing sector, because of the unrefined state of locally-sourced building materials in the country.”- Daily Post

The District Officer, Department of Development Control in the FCTA, Dr. Sherif Razak, stated this on Wednesday during an exclusive chat with DAILY POST on the sidelines of the Sustainable Architecture Round Table organized in Abuja by the Institut Francais du Nigeria and Green Habitat Initiative.

According to Razak, implementing the Made-in-Nigeria Policy will face setbacks in the housing sector mainly because most property investors and developers in the country who have traveled abroad and have seen the latest cutting-edge technologies and materials in building construction will find it difficult to use locally sourced materials that are yet to be standardized even by the government.

He also said that while the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) has done a tremendous volume of research on the best ways to utilize traditional building materials such as bricks, bamboo sticks and thatch for the construction of sustainable modern architectural buildings to drive the Made-in-Nigeria policy in the building and construction sector, practitioners who actually execute building projects have not been applying the products of the research works for fear that such locally-sourced materials may fail.

The technocrat, however, expressed optimism that there may be light at the end of the tunnel for the Made-in-Nigeria policy in the housing sector, if the federal government engage relevant stakeholders and push for more advocacies and the standardization of traditional building materials to ensure quality, sustainability and affordability.

He said: “Most Nigerian developers have traveled abroad and have seen how buildings are constructed overseas in terms of designs, materials, technologies, and finishing.

“With such mentality, it will be quite difficult to convince them to risk their property investment money on the use of our under-developed traditional building materials and systems, especially now that the spates of building collapse have become more frequent across the country.

“Again, there is a huge disconnect between research and practice in Nigeria. The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) has done a great deal of work in terms of research and systems development in the use of locally-made materials for the execution of world-class housing projects.

“But most builders or practitioners in the country who are supposed to seek out these knowledge and apply in the projects don’t think in that direction.

“Maybe, there are afraid of trying-out the idea of Made-in-Nigeria building materials, because the government has not standardized them to ensure quality, sustainability and affordability.

“But going forward, I think all that can be changed, if the federal government engages with relevant stakeholders and intensify the push for the patronage of Made-in-Nigeria building materials.

“This is necessary for our housing sector because of the gains that come with the use of traditional building material, especially in the area of sustainability, employment, and foreign exchange.

Source: Daily Post

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