The Federal Executive Council has approved a new policy framework for the maintenance of public buildings in the country. The approval follows a memo presented by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola to the council at its weekly meeting held at the state House, Abuja.
He said the new policy, which institutionalized a maintenance culture in the country, saying that some of the benefits of the policy would to provide an inventory of government assets, and job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Nigerians. “We have trained artisans at different levels but we haven’t created an economy for them to go and express themselves – Tilers, Bricklayers, Plumbers, Landscapers, Fitters etc.
When they leave training schools what do they do? They go and ride tricycles where there is no training school because there is an economy in tricycles – this is the answer. “So, we have started with a pilot (scheme) to demonstrate to Council that this will work. “Some of the things that this will bring include an inventory of all assets that government owns. It gives us an assessment of the conditions and value, then, it gives us a maintenance framework about what needs to be done after assessments and then a maintenance procurement manual.