BIFM Nigeria tasks facility managers on best practices

Wale Odufalu

Wale Odufalu

THE British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Nigeria has tasked Facilities Management (FM), professionals in the country to embrace good practice in the supply chain that delivers services to the market.

In a statement released at the end of the institute meeting in Abuja, the professional body noted that for continued awareness of Facilities Management and better services to the market, Supply Chain Management and Supply Chain Relationship are two critical elements that FM professionals must embrace.

Addressing members of the association in Abuja, Chair of BFIM Nigeria, Wale Odufalu, said for facilities management to deliver the required value to the market, professionals and corporations must appreciate that supply chain plays a key role.

Citing the BIFM Guidance note, Odufalu said supply chain is very critical to our industry and that the quality of suppliers and the products or services they render is a strong determinant in the quality of service facilities managers deliver and the value the corporations get from FM.

She therefore warned that professionals must carefully prepare to execute the process that would help them engage the most appropriate provider.

Odufalu advised professionals to work with other stakeholders in the supply chain to deal so as to improve the quality of service in the industry. She highlighted such measures as the institution of standards across the supply chain, training of staff and suppliers alike, and collaborative technologies that can enhance supply chain relationship, as some of the good practices professionals need to embrace.

On Facilities Management in the current state of the economy, the BIFM Chair said good practice in supply chain management is particularly important now that the economy presents challenges that are pushing corporations to seek cost reduction and improved performance. She charged Facilities Management professionals in the country to build capacity that can respond to these needs.

Also speaking at the event, representative of Total Facilities Management Limited, Alex Kajetan said the need to help organizations meet their corporate real estate and Facilities Management goal is why BIFM Nigeria started out focusing on capacity building and knowledge sharing programmes for its members.

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