President of the International Facility Management Association Nigeria chapter, Segun Adebayo, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to Executive Order 11 on National Public Buildings Maintenance Policy.
He noted that the move would engender professional management and maintenance of federal assets. His words: “As we earnestly look forward to the implementation of the provisions of the new order, through the setting up of maintenance departments in MDAs, our association is committed to collaborating with the Federal Government through the relevant ministry to provide required capacity building and knowledge development.
“As an association, we have been advocating the integration of sustainable practices into the built environment and this has started yielding the desired results.”
He continued: “The Executive Order states that the Federal Government is committed to establishing a sustained maintenance programme to optimise the enormous investment in public infrastructure. Government is determined to provide sustainable employment, job opportunities for large, small and medium-sized businesses, artisans and persons with vocational skills. Equally, public assets would be maintained at a minimal cost.
“The Department of Federal Public Assets Maintenance will oversee the coordination, implementation, management and maintenance of federal public assets, facilities and premises across Nigeria. The agency will conduct maintenance needs assessment, development of maintenance plan and the necessary procurement.
“The agency will monitor the outsourced facility management services of all public buildings and likewise, establish a comprehensive database of all public buildings and facilities. Public buildings will also be modified to accommodate the special needs of persons living with disabilities, while ensuring that all buildings would be able to operate at optimal capacity.”