The President of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Greater Accra Chapter, M. Sampson Opare-Agyemang (BSc, MSc.) has indicated that, government’s flagship projects, the free SHS, 1D1F and the 1V1D are all fantastic programs but in the reality, it can only be realized in a built environment.
According to the President, FM is much concerned in the sustainability of these wonderful projects, but expressed worries about the collapse of factories that were built by past governments amidst poor management and supervision.
Speaking at the celebration of the 2018 World Facility Management Day in Accra at the Coconut Grove Hotel dubbed “Enabling Positive Experiences,” Mr. Opare indicated that, “These policies are very expensive assets to the Government and the tax payer. We at the IFMAGAC say these programs can only be better managed and sustained by FM management strategies and standards. The focus must be shifted from the initial cost of the assets to the Life Cycle Cost of the asset.”
Mr. Opare-Agyemang further stated that, “We in Ghana wants to focus more on advancing the visibility and empowerment of the FM professional for a better built environment in Ghana. Decisions made by successive Governments are increasingly influencing the Facility Management (FM) profession; from common sense solutions for energy efficiency to the importance of FM training and standardization.
It is our responsibility to not only understand and benefit from policies affecting the built environment, but also provide the FM perspective and world best practise to our elected officials, to influence legislation that affects the built enviroment.”
Mr. Agyemang bemoaned that, “Despite the colossal benefits offered by the FM industry, Ghana is yet to shift focus towards the development of the industry.
The challenge is, FM is yet to be recognized as a strategic business enabler and contributor to the
nation and business productivity, profitability, and workers health and safety.
The lack of recognition of the FM profession in Ghana translates to lack of professionalism, lack of quality, absence of FM education and lack of standards in the built environment.”
However, IFMA encourages Government to establish appropriate legislations and ensure compliance, Design sustainably through use of environmentally complaint materials and practices, create appropriate legislation for the industry regulation and enforce professionalism, and as well establish government FM department or agency for infrastructure management and regulation.
He again urged Government to
make FM a strategic level function and not back office function, Incorporate FM into the development process of buildings and infrastructure design, Project management, and operations & Maintenance.
And also develop appropriate FM strategy, which means that outsourcing to professional organizations, is the best practice by Managing Facilities Management with KPIs, and also adopt international best practices in FM.