Construction: Expert urges FG to address recession, foreign exchange challenges

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A property consultant, Mr Bolarinde Patunola-Ajayi, on Friday, urged the Federal Government to address the nation’s recession and foreign exchange challenges in order to save the building construction industry from collapse.

Patunola-Ajayi, who is also the President, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), gave this advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The property consultant, who spoke on the sideline of the 9th Annual Distinguished Lecture of the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), observed that the rate of investments in the industry had dropped.

He said that the challenges of recession and the exchange rate had discouraged a lot of local and foreign investors from investing.



The NIESV President suggested that government should increase the budgetary allocation to the sector to 25 per cent in order to revamp it.

He urged government authorities to invest in the building construction sector by sponsoring housing surveys and creating more construction activities, saying that construction work engages the services of different categories of people at a time.

“When a construction work is going on, the bricklayers, artisans, drivers, dry cleaners and even food vendors or restaurant operators will be gainfully engaged.

“If the government will sincerely handle the budget and increase its allocations to construction/real estate sector, it will impact positively on both the sector and the economy at large,’’ he said.



Patunola-Ajayi suggested that the exchange market should be allowed to be driven by the forces of demand and supply to enable the market stabilise.

“For the exchange rate to come down and stabilise, the operators in the market must refrain from auction sales of the products and other corrupt practices in the market,’’ he warned. (NAN)

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