The founder of Heritage Foundation, Pst Collins Osayamwen has lamented the shortage of facility managers in the country irrespective of increased demand for qualified talents.
To this end, he canvassed the inclusion of facility management in all schools curriculum, beginning from secondary school to tertiary levels.
He stated this in Abuja Friday, at the official launch of ‘The Heritage Foundation’, for the support of facilities & workplace management practice in emerging economies.
Heritage foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to nurturing young talents and providing the opportunities necessary for attracting young professionals to take up facility management as a permanent career choice.
Osayamwen noted that more than half of today’s facilities and workplace management practitioners would likely retire within the next 5 to 15 years adding that research revealed that the average age of a practising facility manager is 49 years.
He stated that the event which coincided with his 50th birthday celebration was meant to intimate governments about the role of facility management in the country adding that there are huge untapped potentials in facility management.
Osayamwen called on all levels of government to prioritise facility management in their core mandate,even as he lamented the absence of structures to boost the profession in Nigeria.
On his part, the president of International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Abuja chapter, Alhaji Lawal Magaji assured that the foundation would support facility management profession in Nigeria through grants and scholarship.
He was optimistic that the bill meant to popularise facility management that is currently before the national assembly has passed third reading and would soon be submitted to president Muhammadu Buhari for assent.
The Chairman of Urban Shelters, Mallam Ibrahim Aliyu represented by Abdullahi Idris was hopeful that the foundation would promote activities in the built sector.