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Firm Advocates Government Support Facility Managers

Benedict Olugboyega-Alabi
Posted: Jul 5, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nkasiobi Oluikpe

Benedict Olugboyega-Alabi

Lagos – Eliezer Workplace Management Limited, a facility management company, has called on the government to give the facility management industry the needed support so that it can contribute meaningfully to national development.

Benedict Olugboyega Alabi, a certified sustainability facility professional and Managing Director of the company stated this at a press briefing in Lagos where he streamlined the challenges confronting the industry and it can help revive most of the country’s decaying infrastructure.

“Good facility management helps to preserve some of the country’s biggest assets: buildings, plant and equipment. We make sure that they are properly maintained to deliver the services required.

“Secondly, good facility management helps staff to work in a healthy environment that also aids better productivity. Thirdly, a good facility manager will ensure that the chemicals being used to clean a workplace are not harmful and hazardous to the occupants and property”, he said.

Alabi explained that for organisations that engage the services of many contractors, they have the burden of managing many invoices; many people to relate with.

Citing the security company as an instance, he said a security company will have a security supervisor to supervise his team, likewise a janitorial company will need a supervisor and an electrical company needs an electrical supervisor. But if you give everything to a facility manager, only one person will be supervising all these activities for you because they are all working under the same umbrella.

He finally noted that good facility management also helps clients to focus on their core competencies, which on its own, creates specialization for them and allows them to be more productive.

“The facility management association in Nigeria has been working assiduously on getting the industry to be chartered; however, it is as well working to get the needed recognition from the public sector so that we can contribute to the national development in our area of business.

Eliezer Workplace Management Limited is also one of the few facility management companies in the Nigeria that is OHSAS 1800:2007 (Occupational Health and safety) certified because of its health and safety culture.