The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) on Thursday called on federal government to as a matter of urgency formulate and implement a national policy on facility management.
This was as IFMA berated federal government on the poor state of Abuja National Stadium which it noted has been in a comatose due to lack of proper maintenance by the federal government.
The Chairman of IFMA Abuja chapter Mr. Collins Osayamwen who stated this in Abuja yesterday at the commemoration of this year World Facility Management day with the theme “Celebrating Success” decried the lack of effective maintenance and proper upkeep that has characterized high profile facilities in the country which has led those facilities to the state of disrepair.
He remarked that if buildings are maintained properly by trained and certified facility managers such buildings would perform better at lower cost and thereby providing a return on investment.
Osayamwen said research conducted by the association revealed that quite a number of high performance building system are not working as designed because they are receiving proper maintenance and up-keep; saying “ differed maintenance has taken toll on facilities in which funding for repairs has been allocated elsewhere or not provided at all”.
He noted that this year celebration was aimed at raising the FM profession profile around the globe thus promoting facility management’s ideas worldwide, not only within the profession and industry but also among government and the general public.
His words: “Our nation does not have even a national policy on facility management, there is one thing we must recognize, the world is moving very fast and if we don’t change the way we are doing things, we are still using analogue mentality to manage very high profile infrastructure, it cannot work, there is a new way of doing things, the country has to see into it and join the rest of the world, we can’t be left behind.
Right now the airport are been renovated, spending N16billion to renovate, if you invest so much to renovate the airport and you failed to renovate in human capacity and new techniques of managing facilities, we will come back to the story we are in right now”.