Erubami becomes facility managers’ president, pledges highest standards
The current state of infrastructure and attitude towards the effective management of the built environment has led the local facilities management professionals to form an association called Association of Facility Management Practitioners, Nigeria (AFMPN).
The new President of the association, Paul Erubami, during inauguration of the new executive council in Lagos, said facility management professionals play a critical role in ensuring that built environment is safe, functional and sustainable.
“We are responsible for managing the physical assets of organisations and we must ensure that they are maintained to the highest standards to support their strategic, tactical and operational goals and objectives,” he said.
Erubami pledged transparency and accountability in budgeting and assets and resources management by promptly sharing information on yearly budgets and financial statements with members; encouraging investment in the future of the profession by engaging with corporate sustaining partners in acquiring physical structures and intellectual assets for the growth of the association and the FM profession.
The inauguration attracted facility management practitioners, builders, estate surveyors and valuers, asset managers and property developers. The event also featured Prof. Timothy Nubi, as the guest speaker.
The objective of the association among many others is to provide a national platform for the promotion of facility management practice through the continuous professional development of facility managers, thereby, stimulating a competitive facility management industry.
The association plans to leverage on international partnerships and standards, best practices and development of relevant local standards and benchmarks.
AFMPN president said: “Facility management is a complex and dynamic field that requires a broad range of skills, knowledge and competencies. “
As the new president, I am committed to ensuring that our members have access to the tools, resources, and training they need to excel in their roles and as they strive to elevate themselves and the profession from obscurity into the limelight.
“Professional development is an essential part of our organisation’s mission, and we can enhance our membership programmes to better support capacity building for our members. We will focus on providing relevant and timely training and other enlightenment sessions that reflects the latest industry trends and best practices.”