By Kingsley Adegboye
As the world last week commemorated this year’s World Facilities Management Day, facilities management practitioners who gathered at “The Nigerian FM Round Table 2016” put together by Alpha Mead Facilities & Management Services Ltd, a leading facilities management firm, have advocated the need for sustainability of facilities management.
The Nigerian FM Round Table is the version of the global annual commemoration of FM Day. The one-day event with the theme “Empowering People for a Productive World” presented the platform for stakeholders in business and government to discuss ways of optimising existing infrastructure, sustaining strategies for new ones as well as highlighting the role of FM in Nigeria’s journey to economic prosperity.
The forum further touched on the achievements of the facilities management industry in the country while stressing new trends and development in the practice of facility management across the world.
In his address, the Managing Director of AMFacilities, Femi Akintunde, an engineer, said “As Nigeria positions to stimulate its economic activities through agriculture, mining and critical infrastructure, our aim at this roundtable is to carry out a clinical examination of how FM can enable an increasing intersection of the factors of production, reduce reliance on oil and gas as the mainstay of our economy, and harness potentials of these sectors in the face of growing unemployment”.
Akintunde who noted that health sector is a critical factor in the productivity of the country which informed the theme of this year, he stated that the health sector has the fifth largest budget in the country’s 2016 budget, pointing out that but no one needs to be told how inadequate the 221.7 billion Naira budget is, in the face of the nation’s growing population and the required health infrastructure to cater for Nigeria.
“At another level, figures from Nigeria’s 2016 budget indicate that for the first time in many years, Nigeria’s capital expenditure accounts for about 30 per cent of the total budget, which is a 223 per cent growth from the nation’s 2015 budget. For this budgeted investment to empower people and help the nation to productivity, FM remains a critical success factor.
“To further put this in perspective, the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has announced that it will be allocating 62 per cent of its N433.4 billion to roads, 23 per cent to power and 15 per cent to housing. Although these figures may seem inadequate considering World Bank’s required N6.5 trillion and McKinsey’s 31 billion dollars housing and infrastructure investment over the next decade. Nonetheless, facilities management professionals must demonstrate capacity, skill and ability to ensure these investments deliver value.
“As facilities managers, we reckon that private public partnership arrangement like what the government is considering is critical to enabling the prosperity of our market. Therefore, discussing a theme like this at our roundtable will beam the light on the short-comings of existing concessioning projects and make a stronger case for the strategic involvement of facilities management as a sustainable strategy for PPP projects”, AMFacilities boss said.
In its goodwill message, the British Institute of Facilities Management BIFM, represented by Wale Odufalu, Deputy Managing Director, AMFacilities, said “It is no news that one of the issues we need to quickly address as professionals on this environment is adherence to standards and global best practices.