The International Facility Management Agency has said that manufacturers can cut costs by employing trained facility managers or training their workers to manage their facilities while owners of the business concentrate on the core competence.
The President, IFMA, Nigeria Chapter, Mr. Pius Iwundu, made this remarks on Thursday during the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between IFMA and Max-Migold on training of facility managers.
Iwundu pointed out that for manufacturers of fast moving consumer goods, it was important for them to ensure that the facility in which they operated was safe, conducive and well kept.
He added that this could only happen if manufacturers invested in the training of facility managers.
According to him, if there is anything wrong with the facility, the entire production value chain will be affected and the manufacturer may spend more money than intended fixing faulty premises and equipment.
He said that the training collaboration gave the agency the chance of reaching out to people and creating awareness about facility management in Nigeria.
“It is our chance to remain focused and put aside all the challenges about the nation’s lack of maintenance culture and step out to do something about it. This campaign will be carried to the general public, industries, government ministries, and parastatals where facility management culture should have major and positive impact,” Iwundu said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Max-Migold, Mr. Paul Erubami, said that the firm had developed over 80 modules of training contents organised into courses in building operations, maintenance, facility management strategy, facility projects management and workplace productivity.
He said, “We have trained over 150 professionals from more than 50 companies in the first year of operation.
“Practitioners can now gain the skills and tools to operate their buildings sustainably and inexpensively, proactively execute maintenance strategies, deliver on occupant services such as cleaning, catering, fumigation, health and safety, increase asset quality and value through maintenance, as well as ensure business continuity through risk management and emergency preparedness.
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