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Into Africa for BIFM

The British Institute of Facilities Management has announced the creation of a new regional community group to support its members based in Nigeria and the wider FM profession in the region.

The Committee will be responsible for representing BIFM in Nigeria and developing a range of ways to support the growing community of FM professionals and organisations based in the country, including recruiting new members, promoting best practice and organising seminars and events.

It means that Nigerian BIFM members can now access local knowledge, support and networking specific to their country, in addition to all the benefits they currently receive.

“Nigeria continues to see investment in real estate and infrastructure,” said Wale Odufalu, Chair, BIFM Nigeria Committee and GM, Corporate Services, Alpha Mead Facilities & Management Services' “There is also a growing understanding of the value that FM can bring to organisations and the economy at large, so our plan is to offer a range of support to our existing members, and the broader FM community, to carefully harness these opportunities for the growth of our industry.”

Ms Odufalu added that the committee will also be keen on the development of standards in the sector which would include key issues such as global best practice and benchmarking among others in the sector. The initial representation of the body will be in Lagos and Abuja but it hopes that over time, the Institute can be expanded to other cities and states across the country.

Speaking on behalf of the BIFM, Gareth Tancred, CEO, commented: “BIFM has members in over 80 countries and we are seeing increasing demand for our services across the globe. I commend the commitment and passion of the committee members that we have been working with to form the BIFM Nigeria Committee and the community group for the region and look forward to developing a full range of services to support the FM sector and profession.”

Picture: Wale Odufalu, BIFM Nigeria Committee – there isa growing understanding of the value that FM can bring to organisations and the economy at large.”

Article written by Robin Snow

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