The Chairman, PWAN Champion, Dr. Michael Akhuetie, has appealed to the government at all levels to put the right policies in place to enable the real estate sector to curb housing deficits in Nigeria, especially in Lagos.
Akhuetie spoke exclusively to The PUNCH after an anniversary/awards event organised by the company in Lagos to celebrate its success and reward performing workers tagged, ‘Champion Nite,’
He said with the right policies in place, regarding ease of getting certificates of occupancy, the real estate sector would be able to tackle the issue of housing deficits in the country.
He stated that it was most difficult to secure a C of O for a landed property in Lagos, while other states were more flexible.
According to him, “If the government will work with us, we can develop a number of places in the country, but because of the government’s policies, we might not be able to do anything.
“You might want to develop an area and the road is not tarred. As a real estate developer, you don’t have the right to tar the road without permission.”
He added, “If the approval is made flexible, it would help us. If it is flexible to get a C of O or get some needed documents concerning this, it will help us. Getting land from the community is not a problem, but getting C of O is a major problem. This boils down to government policy.”
On the rising cases of building collapse in Lagos, he said the rising cases of building collapse was also a function of the government policies and lack of a building monitoring system.
Dr. Akhuetie said when a plan is given, the government has its agencies to monitor building’s progression from the foundation to a certain level and test it for quality.
“If the government finds anything that is not in line with the standard practice, they know what to do. The house owner may not want to cut corners but the contractors would.
“So, if the government could ensure strict monitoring to ensure compliance, the reoccurring disasters would have been prevented,” he added.
Speaking on the award, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, PWAN Champion, Dr. Benedict Ibhadonm said PWAN Champion is the first real estate network marketing company in the world to operate in Nigeria.
On the ‘Champion Nite,’ he said the event is being organised annually to celebrate the company’s successes as a company and reward its performing staff members, who are referred to as ‘Pwan Business Owners.’
He said, “It is in our culture to reward excellence and that is what we are here to do while also celebrating the birthday of our Chairman. We have rewarded a number of people and they are all happy and motivated to do more.”
Those rewarded include Mr. Matthew Audu, who emerged as the 2023 highest sales champion and was gifted a brand new Hyundai Santafe car and Miss Odion Louisa was awarded a Toyota Camry;
Aigbefo Edith; Ewomazino Valentina; Alice Agugwoma; Ihama Ofure and Okonkwor Chinenye, were each rewarded with a plot of land valued at N3.5 million for their strides in sales and network marketing.
Other staff members were awarded Laptops, smart TVs, Air-conditioners, plaques, water dispensers and certificates respectively, for their contributions to the success of the company.