The outgoing President of Abuja chapter of International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Mr Collins Osayamwen said that the country had no laws on property management.
Osayamwen made this assertion at an event commemorating the World Facility Management (FM) Day, yesterday.
Osayamwen said: ‘‘we have no law on facility management and most of those engaged in the system are not trained. As a professional, it is sad that we can only advice because we have no laws backing us. Our research shows that a surprising number of high performance building systems do not work as designed.
This is largely because they do not receive proper maintenance and upkeep. Fewer than five per cent of facilities in the FCT have budgeted the recommended two to four per cent of current replacement value for routine maintenance and repairs.’’
He argued that, ‘‘a trained and certified workforce offers a working knowledge of industry trends, best practices and available resources. It ensures that building systems continue to perform as intended and educates building occupants on the implementation of sustainable practices.’’