IFMA Nigeria Holds Empowerment Lecture To Mark World Facility Management Day

(L-R) Guest Speaker, Hubert Eke; Executive Secretary, International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Nigeria Chapter, Bamidele Chinedu; President, Richard Okesola and CEO Corporate Shepherd Limited and Chairman of the Occassion, Idorenyen Enang at the  2016 World Facility Management Day celebration in Lagos on Wednesday

In a renewed effort to mobilize and
empower facility managers with knowledge acquisition at all levels, the Nigeria
chapter of International Facility Management Association (IFMA) recently marked
the 2016 World Facility Management Day with a public lecture. The theme of the
programme held at the Freedom Park, Lagos was Empowering People for a
Productive World
The day witnessed the convergence of
notable Nigerians including religious leaders, business owners, students,
artisans, corporate organizations, professional bodies and many others.

Speaking at the occasion, President
of the Association, Mr. Richard Okesola, disclosed that, the annual celebration
was initiated in 2008 by the Global Body of Facility Management with the aim of
raising the profile of the Facility Management (FM) profession. 
He added that, the global theme for
this year’s celebration was “Empowering people for a productive world”, just
like the theme of the lecture. According to Okesola, “the appropriateness of
this year’s theme cannot be overemphasized considering the enormity of
Nigeria’s infrastructural, educational, health, leadership, economic, social
and security challenges. These limitations have continued to affect the
productivity and the wealth creating ability of Nigerians and  the nation
as a whole.
“Nigeria is enormously blessed with
all forms of resources needed to make a better living. What is however lacking
is our collective resolve to create for ourselves a proper, decent and
sustainable standard of living. Nevertheless, with the abundance of resources
in Nigeria, including a very resilient human capital force and the profession
of Facility Management championing and directing this noble desire of creating
a high quality living standard for all, Nigeria will surely rise again.”

Treasurer,  International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
Nigeria Chapter, Abimbola Olusegun-Adamolekun; President, Richard
Okesola; and one the guest speakers, Omowale Ogunrinde at the 2016 World
Facility Management Day celebration in Lagos on Wednesday

To achieve and sustain this, Okesola
stressed that all Nigerians have very important roles to play, irrespective of
their areas of expertise. Important roles in creating homes and workplaces
anyone should be proud of. “We must be genuinely inspired and motivated to
efficiently and happily discharge our responsibilities toward building a
wealthy nation and a very productive work force. All we need do is to embrace
this evolving culture of facility management by “THINKING FM and
wherever we find ourselves pursuing our daily activities,”
Okesola stressed.
Emphasising further on maintenance
culture he said,  “We must never be weary of desiring an improved living
standard . We must constantly and continuously think of better and most
efficient way of discharging or delivering our services. As FM practitioners we
owe our society and by extension the world, a duty strong enough, to challenge,
motivate and inspire everyone to be at his or her best no matter what vocation
you are into”.
The keynote speaker, Pastor Ituah
Ighodalo, reiterated that institutions and government establishment must
understand that employees, given the right tools and open opportunity, will
always contribute positively to the development and bottom-line of such
organization. He added that delegation, value appreciation, shared vision and
information dissemination are major elements in achieving improved 
The Chairman of the occasion, Mr
Idorenye Enang spoke on empowering people in relation to service delivery. One
of the discussants, Hubert Eke, a process improvement expert also spoke
extensively on self development while another discussant, Mrs. Omowale
Ogunrinde spoke on empowerment in relation to sustainability. Engineer Best
Ogbonna from ITF, also a discussant, shared his experience on empowerment in
relation to human capital development.  

3 (L-R) Keynote Speaker, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo; President, 
International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Nigeria Chapter,
Richard Okesola; and the Immediate Past President  Iyabo Aboaba,t at
the  2016 World Facility Management Day celebration in Lagos on

 IFMA  was established in
Nigeria in 1995 by a group of well-meaning professionals who subscribed to the
cliché of courageous leadership to achieve premium quality performance in
diverse areas. The aim
of these multi-disciplined professionals from international institutions like
Mobil and Chevron was to establish international standard of facility
management and quality maintenance of structures in Nigeria.
The body has pulled together a good
number of facility management professionals who today have, through their
individual and corporate involvement, built the relationship that is gradually
shaping the future of IFMA’s high quality activities through education,
training, lectures, facility tours, interactive seminars and research.


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