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Builders seek implementation of FG’s facility management policy

By Cornelius Essen, Abuja
23 May 2022   |   2:05 am
Professional facility managers have called for deployment of effective strategies and processes towards the implementation of Executive Order 11 on the maintenance of national public buildings recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Yohana Izam

Professional facility managers have called for deployment of effective strategies and processes towards the implementation of Executive Order 11 on the maintenance of national public buildings recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

They noted that policies of government or any other organisation will not translate into achievement if intended goals in and by themselves, hence, strategies, processes and practices must be adopted and implemented to achieve the desired results.

Speaking at the investiture of executives/awards of fellows of the Nigeria Institution of Builders in Facilities Management (NIBIFM) held in Abuja, the Managing Director, Max-Gold Limited, Paul Erubami, said there is an urgent need to harness the value of each sub-division of professionals in the real estate sector towards the achievement of a cohesive, effective and vibrant maintenance and facility management of the built environment for the good of all stakeholders.

Erubami reiterated that all professions in the built environment are critical stakeholders in the maintenance and facility management profession.

He said: “Facilities operations and maintenance is a conglomeration of all the services, processes, systems, standards, workflows, tools and technology required to assure that the built environment functions as intended. Architects, engineers, and others form the integral part to every phase of the property development cycle as they research, analyse clients’ requirements to produce plans, design and administer building projects.”

Erubami emphasised that every public building must be maintained in an efficient and sustainable manner to preserve the value of the asset and achieve the purpose for which it was built and install equipment primarily for planned users.

The National Chairman of NIBFM, Dr. Olufemi Akinsola urged professionals in the built environment to work towards exhibiting high level of facility management of structures and properties in the country.

He said 90 per cent of the lifecycle of a building is carried out by facility managers, adding that maintenance was important for projects as the process of maintenance and technology make buildings durable, comfortable, convenient and unbeatable.

Akinsola, who is also the president of the Nigerian Academy of Facility Managers, explained that the emergence of the association was a child of necessity, as their skills are needed in many diverse areas of the sector.

He said: “Training is needed. We thought we should aggregate all parts together to contribute to form the eighth member in the sector. We require facility management protections to handle, for example, 25 storey building. Property management is an essential part of the built industry.

Also speaking, NIOB President, Prof. Yohana Izam, said the institute reaffirmed support for specialisations within the practice of building as a means to provide the country with the enormous competencies of builders in nation building.

Izam said: “We hope that the forthcoming amendment to the NIOB constitution will strengthen the activities of professional divisions within the institute. In this regard, let me congratulate builders in Facilities Management for this great maiden outing and pray for the rapid development of this practice along the side of professional excellence and prudence.”

“The practice of facility management is increasingly becoming important internationally as facilities that are well managed are key to provision of safe, unhealthy and cost effective spaces for all categories of people who use such facilities. It is therefore important that the facilities management industry increases awareness about the stakeholders and key policies driving the success of the industry.”

According to him, the facilities management sector needs to keep pace with evolving policy paradigms, manpower and technological landscapes.

“The recent proclamation of Executive Order 11 has rekindled hope on the transformation of public buildings through effective maintenance. This has implications for facilities management practice in Nigeria. The Nigerian Institute of Building has observed with pleasure that since the signing of this order, the federal and state secretaries have started receiving maintenance attention with the creation of the federal public assets maintenance department to be replicated at state levels,” he said.