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FCDA boss advocates infrastructure maintenance policy

The Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engineer Shehu Hadi Ahmad, Monday, advocated the formulation of the national infrastructure maintenance policy to safeguard the entire public infrastructure in the country.

Ahmad who spoke in Abuja at the 1st International Facilities Engineering and Management conference and exhibition and Annual General Meeting organised by the Nigerian Institution of Facilities Engineering and Management, also called for the development of human resources that would implement the policy.

Represented by Engineer Oluwadarasimi Emmanuel, Ahmad, who also noted that infrastructure cannot be removed from development, said huge infrastructure would stimulate the economic growth of the country.

He said: ‘’Now, infrastructure cannot be removed from development. Those countries we classified as developed countries all over the world have huge infrastructure that helps to stimulate their economic growth and create jobs. So, if things move as fast as they can, infrastructure is key.

“Now looking at effective national maintenance policy, you know this also very relevant that as facility engineering and management, we need to develop or if we need to continue to improve on the possibility of policy.

“Although the problem in Nigeria is not about policies, the problem is implementing those policies or living by them. But more importantly, we need to have a policy on maintenance and facility management. They are very key. They are very relevant”.

Also, the President of the Institute of Global Facilities Management, Mr. Omachi Jonah, who collaborated with Ahmad’s position, called for a national maintenance policy that would address the current infrastructure decay in the country.

Jonah, who also noted that the policy document should be well-detailed, said all the stakeholders should be carried along in its draft to ensure its proper implementation.

In his keynote address, the President of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Professor Sadiq Z. Abubakar, called on the members of the Nigerian Institution of Facilities Engineering and Management to contribute to the economic growth of the country by ensuring that all public facilities are well managed.

Represented by Engineer Peter Awonde, the COREN President, while noting that most of the estate developers in Abuja do not know about facilities management, called on the members of the association to bring their expertise to bear in taking charge while their deficiency.

In his address of welcome, the national chairman of the association, Engineer Oladipipu Isiaka Mabogaje, called on the government to factor management in while designing public infrastructure.

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