By Bennett OghifoÂ
There is need for regular collaboration between government and the private sector to reduce the deficit in housing in the country.
The advice was given by Mrs. Ajoke Ogunlaja, the Chief Executive Officer of Mannor Gates Limited, a Lagos-based real estate development company, at the unveiling of Mr. Ebuka Uchendu, a TV reality show personality, as the company’s Brand Ambassador, recently.
Mannor Gates is the developer and promoter of Shernorth Homes, Ikeja GRA, and the most recent Mannor Gates Estate located at Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
Mrs. Ogunlaja, a graduate of the University of Lagos and London metropolitan university has been identified as one of the women making a difference in real estate sector in Nigeria. She is a seasoned veteran in the Real Estate sector with over 14 yearsâ€™ experience working in top management level both in Nigeria and the UK.
Mrs. Ogunlaja said her company, which is about a year old in business, is passionate about making a difference in housing in terms of quality, class and affordability, and that the company engages modern conceptual designs that provide functionality and eco-friendly environment.
Ogunlaja stated that her company would give youths an opportunity to become homeowners in their housing schemes, adding that â€œfor the Big Brother Nigeria host to endorse Mannor Gates, means youths can actually climb the property ladder in the country, as Uchendu himself is a youth.â€
She said her company would work with Ebuka, who is equally passionate about helping young people get up the property ladder and become property owners, stating that her organisationâ€™s desire was to ensure that young people and the Nigerian populace are able to become land owners without the usual hassles of â€œOmo-onilesâ€™ and dubious developers.
Another Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Olayemi Akinyemi, who discussed the partnership with Ebuka, said â€œMannor Gates decided to make the Big Brother Nigeria host a brand ambassador because he is a celebrity with much crowd who are mostly youths,â€ adding that he believes his endorsement of Mannor Gates would boost the company and its business.
Akinyemi, an MBA holder from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, who is experienced in the construction of high-end residential and commercial buildings, having worked on several construction projects in Central London and UK, said the company combines credibility, innovation and expertise in the provision of homely and functional environment, affordable and quality commercial, residential and corporate structures for middle-income earners.
The management team of the firm is made of a group of young, tested and proven professionals with combined experience of over 24 years in real estate development.