From FRED ITUA, Abuja
The alarming level of infrastructure decadence in the country is due to lack of budgetary provision, a facility management expert has said.
The programme Director, International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Mr. Collins Osayamwen, made the observation yesterday in Abuja during the 2015 World Facility Management Day, with the theme: Building Resilience for The Future.
He said the only maintenance Nigerians understood was breakdown maintenance, which he said was due to lack of proper planning and budgetary provision.
His words: “The reasons we are unable to maintain our infrastructure, not even from government alone, but even private, is because from the beginning, we get it all wrong.”
He said the inability of the engineers, builders, and architects to work together with facility managers contributed immensely to infrastructure decay in the country.
“The kind of maintenance we know in Nigeria is breakdown maintenance, until it fails you don’t care whether it needs service or not.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have any budgetary provision to ensure that these facilities are managed and maintained. What we know how to do is to run from pillar to post when we have a crisis on our hands. Until we are able to give it its rightful place, we will continue to see this level of decay in our infrastructure,” he said.
The programme director lamented that though facility management was yet to be recognised as a profession at the moment, the organisation was making effort to ensure that the body was recognised by the law.
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