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NIA urged to use local materials


Members of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) have been asked to ensure sustainability by incorporating the use of local materials in their projects.

They were also urged to take a definite step towards making houses affordable to the lower income earners with good layouts.

To actualize that the architects have resolved to pressure government to formulate policies and must invest in affordable housing estates which will house the lower income earners.

The decision was the outcome o of the Lagos Architects Forum 2018 tagged LAF 9.0 held last week at Eko Hotel & Suites Victoria Island, Lagos.


In the communiqué signed by the chairman, Lagos chapter, Fitzgerald Umah, they resolved that architects as heads of the building industry must start to call government attentions to the future challenges and help prepare long term plans.

Over 2,000 participants from the building construction sector, other industries and parts of the country attended the event.

The participants cut across diverse stakeholder groups from public service, private sector, academia, allied professions to artisans and building construction materials manufacturers and suppliers.

They also called for the sensitization of government to enforce that every compound has minimum of one tree, and number of trees should be calculated based on size of compound.They are to design with identity in mind, a sense of belonging which should be built into architecture.

The architects called on government to encourage and promote local materials industry as well as concentrate resources in building up areas that will yield greater resources. Such projects would take time and as such there is need for focus, regardless of change in administration.

“The Communiqué at LAF 9.0 was in “response to Architectural Regeneration and with Lagos being the most important city in Nigeria, the Architects have been able to see the solutions and methodology used in regeneration of some cites in different parts of the world.

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