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Accreditation begins for cleaning practitioners



Cleaning service providers and business owners have moved to institutionalize their existence with the opening of a secretariat, under the Cleaning Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CPAN), geared towards ensuring better and improved quality service delivery to the public.

The event, which was held at the association’s new office in Ikeja also doubled as a reunion for members as the body was coming together for the first time with a renewed commitment to regulate the activities in the sector.

The president, Mr. Olumide Ajibodu told The Guardian that the move is intended to give the association and its body of practitioners more recognition.

“We want to begin to regulate our activities and service delivery in order to improve the quality of service that we give to our customers and that way we can gain more recognition.”

He revealed that the association, which currently boasts of a little over 50-members would begin the process of standardization of all aspects of the cleaning business and training for its members with the reunion and opening of the secretariat now over.

According to him, the coverage area of the sector is vast and varied cutting across different industries to include rig cleaning, facility management, floor restoration as well as the more popular area of janitorial cleaning. CPAN will thus model its activities after the likes of BSCAI, UK and ISA, USA to ensure that it no longer remains an all-comers’ business.

“We plan on partnering with them in some way in our bid to professionalize what we do. But first, we need to create awareness through accreditation and training of our members and those who would wish to be part of us from now on. Part of what we intend to do soon is to hold an exhibition before the end of the year, sometime around June or July,” he stated.

Also speaking at the event, the immediate past president of the association who is the managing director of Renent Cleaning Services, Mr. Tunde Olagunju further explained that before now, cleaning was considered an all-comers game or something for dropouts and never-do-wells, a perception which has changed over time.

“Apart from that, you also find a situation where there was severe rivalry and people under-cutting one another and services being grossly underpriced because there was no regulation in the sector. We intend to change all that as we come together with determination,” he added.

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