SON CALLS FOR SYNERGY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ISO 41001: 2018: FACILITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS STANDARDS

L-R Chairman Facilty Management system Mr. Collins Osayamwen,Engr. Felix Nyado,Director MSC SON, Engr.(Ms) Nwama Olujie,Deputy Director MSC,Engr. Ayoola Ololade- MANCAP

Director-General Standards Organisation of Nigeria, DG, SON Mallam Farouk Salim has called on all Stakeholders in the Facility Management industry to join hands with SON in elevating the profession to higher ideals through the implementation of the Facility Management Standards ISO 41001:2018 in NigeriaMallam Salim said this during a one-day technical session for Facility Management Systems (FMS) validation certification scheme held at the SON Operational Headquarters Lekki, Lagos recently.The DG stated that the implementation of FM Standards in Nigeria requires joint responsibility by Facility Management establishments, Standards Organisation of Nigeria as the National Standards body, and every stakeholder, in order to add value to facility management enterprises.The DG, SON, represented by the Director Management System Certification Engr Felix Nyado said if the Facility Managers follow the process and guidelines of ISO 41001: 2018, it will go a long way to improve their day-to-day activities, help them to complete globally by refining their reputation, and increasing their confidence and earning power.This according the DG, will lead to more job opportunities for the masses and the issues of violent crimes will be minimised because there would be available jobs and income for citizens to meet their basic needs, therefore, the crime rate will be reduced.Farouk A. Salim, said the Facility Management system has a multiplier effect, “once you have a well-managed facility, their productivity will boost the Economy of the Nation in turn job creation and more citizens will be gainfully employed”.The SON Chief Executive, called on the Government, private sector and all the major players to embrace this Standards that has been domesticated and published by SON and recently, signed into law through an Executive Order II by President Mohammad Buhari.Salim, buttressed further, “that if all the facility managers and relevant stakeholders adhere to the Standards and they all follow the procedures and guidelines, security which is part of facility Management will be greatly enhanced and issues of insecurity will be a thing of the past in the sector”.The Chairman, National Mirror Committee (NMC), ISO / TC 267 on Facility Management System (FMS), Mr. Collins Osayamwen, said the FM System ensures workplace or built environment are properly maintained by the practitioners working round the clock to ensure the safety of life, property and value of the assets.Mr. Osayamwen added that ISO 41001: 2018 is a Management Systems Standard ,as a profession, there is a need to have standardised processes to guide operations.According to Osayamwen, the International Standards Organisation elaborated the Management System Standards for FM in 2020 and SON domesticated the Standards in Nigeria, meaning ISO 41001 Management system Standards has become the National Standards for facility management in the country.Mr. Collins further stated that all FM organisations should aim at Conforming to the requirements of the standards as this will enhance productivity and efficiency in service delivery.The Chairman stressed that the whole idea behind FM is to enhance or improve the productivity of people within the built environment and the core business in that facility, therefore there will be a multiplier effect once we have well-managed facilities, such as offices re-creational facilities, hotels and schools.“Productivity in these sectors will boost the Economy of the Nation and there will be job creation, more citizens will be gainfully employed and the environment will be much safer and cleaner” he said.In attendance were representatives of stakeholders from the FM industry such as from FMX Integrated Martin Nyamali, Total Facility Management Ltd, Olaide Sani of Global PFT, Bashorun Adebimpe from Alpha Mead Facilities Tunde Obileye from TWT consults and staff of SON.



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