Firm advocates women inclusion in real estate development

Mrs Uzo Oshogwe, Managing Director, Afriland Properties Plc
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By Rukayat Adeyemi

Mrs Uzo Oshogwe, Managing Director, Afriland Properties Plc, says urgent and strategic steps should be taken to address the barriers hindering women’s participation in the real estate sector to drive significant economic growth.

Oshogwe said this on Thursday in Lagos at the Female Lawyers in Real Estate (FELIREP) event to promote women’s inclusion in the real estate sector.

She stated that access to finance, capacity building, mentorship programmes, and policy reforms among other key initiatives were actionable strategies aimed at breaking down barriers and empowering female professionals.

“Finance plays a major role in propelling entrepreneurial endeavours forward.

“Government and financial institutions should explore establishing special loan programmes and grants tailored specifically for women real estate entrepreneurs.

“This will facilitate capital for property acquisition, development, and investment, thereby leveling the playing field and opening doors to opportunities,” she said.

Oshogwe also emphasised the importance of mentorship and capacity building in nurturing the next generation of female leaders in real estate.

She said that Afriland Properties Plc was an organisation actively promoting inclusion within its ranks.

According to her, the company’s governing board is made up of 50 per cent women, its executive management team comprises 44 per cent females, and its staff has 38 per cent women making an impact in the workplace.

“We know there is still a lot of work to be done, but I am proud to say that Afriland is an equal-opportunity employer and every woman who has grown her career in our organisation has done so through hard work and diligence.

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“Promoting women’s inclusion in the Nigerian real estate market is not only a matter of social justice but also a crucial step towards achieving sustainable development and economic growth.

“By implementing these strategies, the industry can unlock the full potential of women’s talents and contributions, driving positive change across all levels of society,” she said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Auwalu Birnin Kudu/Vivian Ihechu

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