Facility Management: Expert Calls For Regulated Practice

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Mr Wilson Odunmbaku, a vice president of the Institute of Global Facility Managers, has called for a legal framework to regulate the practice of facility management.
Odunmbaku made this call  in a telephone interview with  the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday to commemorate the World Facility Management Day celebrated between May 11 and May 13 every year.
“As we celebrate 2020 World Facility Management Day, we call on all well-meaning professionals to join forces to ensure a legal framework to moderate and regulate the practice.
“It is in so doing that we can gain international recognition and be part of international players in the sector,”Odunmbaku said.
According to him, facility management has long been the invisible industry.
“Important aspect of this year’s celebration is the overview of how we can mitigate the negative impact of human activities on our environment.
“What we can do to support the environment are already projected as part of Sustainable Development Goals aimed at promoting sustainable environment.
“Thiese include clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities and climate change.
“Others include conservation and sustainability of life below water  and be life on land,” he said.
The facility expert said that to play a part in actualising the goals, individuals needed to review the way they deal with the environment.
He advocated for the application of three Rs–Reduce, Reuse and Recycle — to conserve natural resources.
“My institute’s view is that facility management has evolved beyond janitorial and cleaning services to creating an environment that is conducive for carrying out the organisation’s primary operations,” he said.

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