IFMA Nigeria Inaugurates New Council Members

 (L-R) Executive Secretary,
International Facility Management Association Nigeria, Dele Chinedu, President,
Pius Iwundu, Vice President,  Abimbola Olusegun- Adamolekun and the
Immediate Past President, Olatunji Okesola at the Celebrating FM Award Dinner
and Inauguration of Elected 2016/2018 Council Members in Lagos on Friday.

The International Facility
Management Association (IFMA), Nigeria chapter has formally inaugurated her
newly elected Executive Council members at a recent ceremony in Lagos. At the
event, facility managers were charged to rise to a new level of reasoning and
foster increased development in the discharge of their duties as they tap into
the enormous economic opportunities available in Nigeria.

The event which was tagged Celebrating
, also had a lecture titled “Utilizing FM to Unlock the Economic
Opportunities in the Built Environment”. The lecture was delivered by The Dean,
Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Lagos, Prof. Timothy Nubi.

 (L-R) President, International Facility Management Association Nigeria, Pius
Iwundu, Vice President, Abimbola Olusegun- Adamolekun, General Secretary, Lekan
Akinwumi, Treasurer, Aderemi Alli, Publicity Secretary, Segun Adebayo and the
Legal Adviser, Sola Fatoki

In his opening remarks, the
immediate Past President of the Association, Mr. Olatunji Okesola, highlighted
some of the achievements of his administration. He disclosed that the milestone
he achieved came despite the current economic recession in Nigeria. He revealed
his personal conviction that the more challenges grow in our environment, the
greater the economic opportunities therein for all. “What FM does is to proffer
real life solutions to every challenge that might hinder our best living” he

Okesola also added that, Nigeria has
the potentials of becoming one of the greatest countries of the World if she
properly harnesses and judiciously explores her enormous natural and human
resources for the good of her citizens. “Nigerians have no business being
jobless and or poor. You will agree with me that our profession – Facility
Management is uniquely positioned to lead this transformation agenda towards
the greatness of our economy and by extension, the greatness of our dear
Nation” he explained.
Focusing more on facility management
Okesola told the practitioners that “no matter your primary calling or career,
you can become an efficient and successful facility management professional by
learning the principles and applying the principles as you discharge your
primary responsibilities everywhere you find yourself. For our country to be
great, we must all imbibe the culture of facility management by thinking FM,
living FM and celebrating FM.

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Professor Nubi, in his paper stated
that, for 19years since FM berthed in Nigeria, it has focused more on
developing workplace ideas. He postulated that for FM professionals to tap
fully into available opportunities there must be integration of people, places
and the built environment. “We must celebrate universities, estates and others
who have put up structures that meet global standard” he stressed.
He charged the association to work
towards getting legislative empowerment, this will help them organize and
moderate the profession in Nigeria.
The new president, Engr. Pius Iwundu
in his acceptance speech, said that, the new Council will continue to be
consultative in discharging its duties as suggestion and opinion of members
will be considered.

 (L-R) Vice President,
International Facility Management Association Nigeria, Abimbola Olusegun-
Adamolekun; President, Pius Iwundu, and the  Immediate Past President,
Olatunji Okesola at the Celebrating FM Award Dinner and Inauguration of Elected
2016/2018 Council Members in Lagos on Friday.

 Engr. Iwundu added that, as facility
managers, the integration of people, place, process and technology will be the
major focus of his administration to ensure the functionality of the built

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 relationships that has gradually shaped the future of
IFMA’s high quality activities through education, training, lectures, facility
tours, interactive seminars and research.