The Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN) Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter has elected Andy Elerewe, as its chairman.
Until his emergence, Elerewe, who is the Chief Executive Officer, AIBEN Group of Companies, was the association’s publicity secretary.
He emerged unopposed at the chapter’s election held last week at its secretariat in Abuja.
His firm has over 15 housing estates in Lagos, Abuja and Katsina.
In his acceptance speech, Elerewe said that the first thing he would embark upon is to reposition estate developers and change government’s perception of them as people who are only concerned about making profit rather they should be seen as strategic partners.
According to him: “we have common objectives in terms of providing housing, government has the basic responsibility of providing shelter and we are an instrument through which such could be accomplished.”
“So, it is important for them to see us as strategic partners because when you solve the problem housing, almost everything is solved. You will have a crime free and healthy environment as well as jobs for the people,” he said.
A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Andy holds an MBA from the Metropolitan School of Business and Management, United Kingdom and Msc in Public Administration from the National Open University of Nig, NOUN.
He is a member of several professional bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Project Managers (CIPM).
REDAN is a professional body of real estate developers recognised by the Federal Government and saddled with the responsibility of providing affordable housing in the country.