The International Facility Management Association, Nigeria Chapter, has asked the government and other relevant stakeholders to include facility management in the country’s school curriculum.
The association stated this at an event to commemorate the World Facility Management Day, 2018 with students of the Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Lagos.
The President, IFMA Nigeria, Mr. Pius Iwundu, said there was a need to imbibe the passion for facility management in the young ones and also train as well as engage professionals in the field to manage the built environment.
According to him, incorporating facility management in the school curriculum for development purposes will help to improve the maintenance culture that will shape the future of the country’s economy in general and the passion for proper upkeep of the built environment in particular.
He said celebrating with the students was part of the strategy for capacity development and the need to inspire the next generation of facility managers.
The theme for the celebration was ‘Enabling positive experiences: Inspiring the technical students for a better tomorrow’.
Iwundu stated, “The often unexpected and disruptive influences in our global environment must be managed effectively to ensure stability and success in the sectors that rely on the results of the facility managers and their teams. This ensures that facilities meet high expectations to enhance life in the built environment, whether it is at work, rest or play.
“The public and private sectors should enable more positive experiences in the built environment or whatever people are directly impacted by facility management deliverables. We need to have passion for facility management.”
He noted that facility management was a multi-disciplinary profession that could ensure the functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.
Iwundu added, “Facility management is the fastest growing industry in the world today and must therefore be embraced by everyone for our built environment to reach its life expectancy and serve its purpose.
“In recent years, Nigeria has gradually moved and should continue to move away from state-owned and operated facilities and services in favour of outsourcing solutions, a practice that is now attracting investment and improving the efficiency and quality of facilities and infrastructure in order to finally move away from the challenges of reliance on breakdown rather than preventive maintenance; under-pricing and use of substandard construction materials and consumables; and lack of understanding in the concept of project lifecycle analysis and costing.”
A past President of IFMA Nigeria, Stephen Jagun, stated that technical knowledge was vital for the young generation.
According to him, students with technical knowhow stand a better chance of employability and job creation.
The Principal, Government Technical College, Agidingbi, and Director of Education, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Belinda Odeh, said the state government recognised the importance of technical and vocational education, hence its resolve to create three more technical colleges before the end of the year.