The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Nigeria chapter is poised to deepen the capacity for practical facility management knowledge and skills amongst its Nigerian practitioners. In this light, the association has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Max-Migold Limited, a globally respected facilities management technology solutions firm. This partnership is aimed at delivering world class training services to corporate organizations and individual professionals in the facility management industry in Nigeria.
The collaboration which symbolizes the brand positioning of IFMA Nigeria Chapter as the premier FM Association, is also to bring to the awareness of concerned stakeholders in Nigeria, the need to foster collective actions for development in the industry.
Speaking at the event, President, IFMA Nigeria, Mr. Pius Iwundu disclosed that, the training collaboration will create more awareness about facility management in Nigeria, it will also address the challenges of the nation’s poor maintenance culture. He also revealed that public campaigns will be carried at Industries, public offices, Government agencies and Parastatals where good Facility Management culture can have major and positive impact.
Mr. Iwundu added that, Facility Management is the fastest growing industry in the World today. His words: “The fact that it takes two to three years to build a facility but takes about one hundred years to manage it, should make us realize that we need adequate number of facility managers to tackle this huge task. IFMA Nigeria Chapter is committed to developing facility management professionals through its training to ensure sustainability maintenance culture.”
Under this new arrangement, IFMA Nigeria will continue to organize training sessions and issue certificates to participants while Max-Migold will lead the academic development process, working with a team of experienced and certified faculties and facilitators.
In his comments, Chief Executive Officer, Max-Migold, Mr. Paul Erubami listed unavailability of undergraduate degree and diploma programs for facility management and the high cost of foreign professional training as factors that necessitated the development of local training offerings such as the ones being championed by this partnership.
He further disclosed that, Practitioners can now gain the skills and tools to operate their buildings sustainably, cost effectively, and proactively as well as execute maintenance strategies and deliver on occupant services such as Heat Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Mechanical and Electrical, janitorial cleaning, Horticulture, fumigation, Health and Safety. Other benefits include increasing asset quality and value through maintenance, as well as ensuring business continuity through risk management and emergency preparedness.
Mr. Erubami noted that, Facility management will be positioned to support the core functions of each organization and directly affect the triple bottom lines of profits, people and planet. To achieve this, he explained further, skills and technology are the two biggest needs of the industry the Association is working together with Max-Migold to provide through training. He also stated that advocacy, participatory involvement in the area of maintenance culture in Nigeria as well as joining forces with other industry players to develop homegrown facility management professional body through the FM Initiative are among the strategic drive of the Association this year.
The training packages available will cater for the needs of business executives, procurement, admin and corporate service leaders who require the cost-effective and sustainable services of FMs whether in-house or outsourced to achieve the strategic missions of their organizations. Professionals in real estate, property management, survey, building maintenance, etc. all benefit from packaged training in building operational readiness, operations, maintenance, client services and cost management.