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Gains of today’s building, construction exhibition in Lagos, by ElanExpo chief


Ay Nihat Suer

Mr. AY Nihat Suer is the General Manager of Elan Expo, organisers of BuildExpo, an international construction and building materials exhibition, holding 02-04 November, 2017 in Lagos. In this interview with Paula Eseghene, he stressed that renowned companies from all over the world will come together under one roof at the event. Speakers from Nigeria Institute of Builders (NIOB), NISTRUCTE (The Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers), APWEN (Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, COREN (Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria), NITP (Nigeria Institue of Town Planners) Pipeline Professionals Association of Nigeria (PLAN) and the Nigeria Institute of Civil Engineers (NICE) take part in workshops supported by Acen and certified by Nistructe while certificates will be issued. 

What is the NIGERIA BUILDEXPO 2017 about?
THE NIGERIA BUILDEXPO in full is known as the international building materials and construction expo. It showcases materials and construction technologies in the global market, bringing in exhibitors from over 22 nations as well as local manufacturers here in Nigeria to showcase their brands and products.

Does that mean BUILDEXPO 2017 for builders alone?
No, it is an event for all the players in the construction industry. Architects, builders, engineers and technicians, students and academics, facilities managers, importers, distributors and specialists in the field of building construction, services and the entire value chain including end users who want choice building materials and innovative technologies to be used for their civil works.


When is this BUILDEXPO 2017 and where will it hold?
It will hold from Thursday, November 2nd to Saturday, 4th November 2017 at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos; opening from 10am to 6pm daily

Tell us about your company and your tradeshows.
ELAN EXPO and ATILIM FAIRS are the organizers of this event and we have handled a number of exhibitions across Africa, the Middle East and Asia including the highly regarded best 5! We have studied the potentials of Nigeria which are growing year by year and BuildExpo gives the opportunity to take part in this growing market. Last year, BuildExpo hosted 72 attendees from 12 different countries and was visited by 3200 local and international visitors, state officers, local governments, sector representatives and pioneer business people visited companies in their booths and sectoral meetings were arranged during the exhibition. Both new ways for international collaboration and partnership agreements are the main object of the exhibition.

What is the benefit of attending the BUILDEXPO 2017?
Visiting NIGERIA BUILDEXPO 2017 is the best way to keep up to date with the latest developments in Nigeria’s growing construction industry while learning how to improve the built environment at our workshop.

*Benefit from opportunities with industry peers, get the chance to meet large number of local and international companies. 
• discover new & trendy products
• book in face-to-face appointments with key suppliers
• connect with new suppliers, customers and business partners
• network with your peers from across the country and around the world
• stay up-to-date with emerging or changing market trends
• engage with your industry community locally

You just mentioned a workshop?
Yes, there will be a technical session through which we intend to bring about much needed technical and technological knowledge exchange into the market for greater improvements in the sector. It will feature seasoned professionals in the industry, speaking on the theme Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit: the bilateral trade solution


Who are these seasoned professionals to expect for those who will be attending the workshop?
We have quite an array of them. Beginning with Engineer Ogbonnaya Onu, honourable minister for science and technology; Engineer Otis Oliver Tabugbo Anyaeji, national president, Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE); Engr. Oreoluwa Fadayomi, Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (Nistructe), Engr. Kori Shettima, Borno State ministry of works and transport, Engr Olayinka Abdul (FNSE), past president, APWEN, Tpl. Luca Bulus Achi, FNITP, NITP, national president, Engineer Ugochukwu Nzurumike, national chairman, NIMECHE, Nnoli Akpedeye, FNSE, FNICE, PMP, FMP Contego Servo Limited, Engr. W. Kamila Maliki, FNSE, MNI, registrar of COREN, Engr. Idiat Amusu, FNSE, Nimot Muili, MNSE Ove Arup & Partners Nigeria Limited, Engineer Babatunde Ogunde, Unecon Associates Consulting Engineers among others.

How much will it cost to get registered for BUILDEXPO 2017 workshop?
It is absolutely free to register, moreover the sponsors and organizations that support this event will be giving free certificates of attendance for this workshop, and we all know the worth of such a certification considering the pedigree of speakers.

Can one register onsite?
Yes, registration will hold both at the venue and online at but i strongly encourage online registration for the workshop because spaces are limited right now.

Who are the supporters of the BUILDEXPO 2017?
The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers (NISTRUCTE), Association Of Professional Women Enginneers Of Nigeria (APWEN), Nigeria Institute Of Town Planning (NITP), Nigeria Institute Of Civil Engineers (NICE).

ELANEXPO offers a full range of professional organizer services for the leading trade shows on international level. With its rich experience ELANEXPO has been delivering world-class events in the world`s fastest growing countries, featuring local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and market knowledge.


ELANEXPO to date has successfully completed numerous of trade shows catering to different sectors such as Real estate & Investment, Construction & Building Materials, Furniture & Decoration, Food & Agriculture, Beauty & Cosmetic, Fashion & Textile, Healthcare & Medical Products, HVAC, Landscape & Urban, Municipality & City Planning , LED & Advertising . Our company organizes international exhibitions throughout Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda.

The ELANEXPO’s commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. Our portfolio of more than 30 fairs annually addresses the most dynamic sectors in the regions. To date, hundreds of companies and professional visitors have attended the biggest and most significant trade shows held by ELANEXPO. These important international events are regularly organized on an annual basis.

ELANEXPO delivers contacts, content and communities with the power to transform your business. ELANEXPO represents a global network of events, expertise and knowledge which our participants can benefit with our professional organization.

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