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As technology continues to revolutionise real estate sector, experts have urged facility managers to invest in security equipment that will make the environment safer for people to live and work.

The Group Chief Executive Officer, Global Property & Facilities International Limited, (GPFI), Dr. MKO Balogun, gave the advice at the launch of GPFI security solutions and services for residential, industrial, retail and organisations in Lagos.

The initiative was in partnership with Tech Eco, a global security solution provider. Some of the security equipment highlighted include, smart home solutions, multi-level car park and vehicle management solutions in residential and commercial outlets, security control camera, video surveillance system, elevator control system, home automation solutions and baggage inspection scanner and access control solutions, among others.

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He said professionals in the industry need to take security beyond the rudimentary level of using guards at the gate but see it as integrated with more investments in new technology.

A Director of GPFI, Mr. Mutalib Ismail, recounted that the project started in 2017 stating that a major challenge in launching into the market, was due to bureaucracy in the process.

He, however, thanked critical stakeholders that assisted the firm in sailing through the difficulty period.

Ismail urged management to draw up a strategy toward achieving its mandate having wasted about three years for processing operational license.

Speaking on the partnership, a representative of Tech Eco, Mr. Taofeek Fagbemi, explained that the collaboration would cover provision of support for the Nigerian space with regards to make the entire environment more secure through technological driven security solutions.

He stressed that GPFI would be empowered with global level technical support and training for it to render services to customers, which are localised, transfer knowledge for business growth and profitability.

Meanwhile, the trainees under the GPFI’s TechE skill acquisition programme have graduated with a charge on them to make good use of knowledge acquired for the interest of the society, personal growth and development.

Dr. Balogun, who addressed the eight graduates under the scheme at the graduation ceremony, stated that they have been equipped with basic technical skills in solar, air-conditioning, electrical, plumbing installation and maintenance.

He announced a cash reward of N50, 000 for the best graduating student and advised the graduates to combine their skills with creativity.

According to him, the TechE programme was created to address the technical skills gap in the market, in partnership with multilateral institutions and stakeholders in the industry.

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