The International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Nigeria Chapter, has called for the effective maintenance and management of public facilities and infrastructure.
Director, Federal Public Asset Management, Tina Onokwai, who represented the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said that public facilities and infrastructure development were one of the bases of assessing the achievements of governance and also an indicator of the quality of governance.
She stated: “It identifies sustainable infrastructure and facility management as a pertinent index that instigates response to sustainability as a universal code to preserve what you have for tomorrow’s generation and how to preserve what you have for tomorrow’s generation through continuous maintenance of existing public facilities and infrastructure.”
“It is worthy to note that the management of public facilities and infrastructure enhances performance, durability and sustainability across the entire infrastructure from roads, office buildings, accommodation, industrial buildings, hospitals, among others,” he said.
She added that the Federal Government was committed to addressing the infrastructure gap in all sectors of the Nigerian economy through the development of the National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIMP), saying that the maintenance of existing public facilities and infrastructure is also key to the bridging of infrastructure gap, and there are numerous opportunities in infrastructure jobs.