The Greater Accra Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), has launched the 2018 World Facility Management (FM) Day dubbed “Enabling Positive Experiences” highlighting on how facilities management plays an integral role in positive customer, client and employee experience in all sectors, be it in residential, sport, workplace or healthcare.
IFMA Greater Accra Chapter (IFMAGAC) is a group of Facility Management Professionals in Ghana, who are part of the world’s largest facility management professionals of today.
Founded in the 1980s, IFMA, is the world’s largest and most widely recognised international association for facility management professionals, supporting over 24,000 members in 104 countries.
Speaking at the launch, organized by the Greater Accra Chapter in Accra, its President, Mr. Sampson Opare-Agyemang indicated that, the World FM Day, initiated by Global FM, is a day to recognise the vital work that facilities management professionals and the facilities management industry contributes to businesses worldwide.
Stating that, it aims to raise the profile of the FM profession, not just in member regions, but anywhere FMs influence the health, safety, productivity and well-being of people who utilise the built environment.
Mr. Opare-Agyapong further added that, the day also provides an opportunity for global knowledge sharing, to discuss and share experiences both good and challenging, to promote our profession and celebrate our successes.
“It is a day where facilities management professionals use to reflect on their achievements over the previous year,” he said.
According to him, the importance of facility management (FM) training and Standardisation, is the responsibility to understand and benefit from policies affecting the built environment, but also provide the FM perspective to the elected officials and to influence legislation.
“The Challenges today in our built environment is not just bad maintenance culture as we always say, but the challenge is firstly and more critically the lack of skilled manpower and secondly the lack of understanding of the value of FM by governments, business owners and financial institutions,” he noted.
Mr. Opare-Agyemang further said, the FMs are involved in building management from design stage to enhance its overall life leading to an efficient running of the building at an ongoing cost that adds to the overall value of the building.
The World FM Day since 2008 he said, offers a platform for people around the globe to engage individuals, companies, associations and partners in celebrating successes and the important contributions of FM to the built environment.
Source: Sammy Adjei