Mr. Bode Adediji is the immediate past President of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyor and Valuers. In this interview, he speaks on the need for government at all levels as well as other organizations to champion the cause for the emancipation of the Nigerian woman. He also X-rays some of the grey areas mitigating
Mr. Bode Adediji is the immediate past President of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyor and Valuers. In this interview, he speaks on the need for government at all levels as well as other organizations to champion the cause for the emancipation of the Nigerian woman.
He also X-rays some of the grey areas mitigating against emancipation of women in Nigeria and how to redirect the Nigeria’s future towards integrating women into all spheres of life so that the country can be better for it.
Real Estate is not a woman’s world, why is that?
That is correct. Despite all efforts in the past to bring more women on board in this profession, it has been a major challenge. It is more tragic in the sense that most ladies who have gotten the education as certified Estate Management and Property professionals opt out in most cases. They rather venture into other things.
And as much as we (leaders) are struggling to integrate women into this profession, it appears that we have not succeeded. But hope is not lost because there are certain aspects of the profession that are women friendly. For instance there are more women in Property and Facility Management, Maintenance of Property among others.
But when it comes to the area of Aggressive Estate Agency where it is expected that women and men should be competing, the environment is not conducive for them to thrive. I am certain that women do not want to be used as marketing tools to source for clients and that is the area I also frown against.
I am an advocate of allowing women and men to compete on a level playing ground and once that is done with the special protection, education and enlightenment expected to be given unto them, you will find out that women succeed more than men. It is a known fact that women are more vibrant and successful in companies than men.
But, majority of women have not opened doors for opportunities in the areas of physical construction and property development, technical issues among others. Other areas that I most dwell on are that women are not risk takers. They always want to be within their comfort zone rather than pursuing new challenges.
With my 40 years of experience in this profession, I would say that what we have neglected in doing is to have created a special platform, infrastructure, to bring more women into the Real Estate industry. And government on its own at all levels has not seen the need to put up such thoughts in encouraging, supporting and defending women to venture into the Real Estate industry.