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Ghana: IFMA-GH urges institutions to give importance to facility management

The Ghana Chapter of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA-GH) has implored public and private institutions to ensure they have a skilled workforce and understand the value of facilities management in their organizations.

Facilities management is a profession that spans multiple disciplines to ensure the functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.

Mr. Sampson Opare-Agyeman, President of IFMA-GH, speaking at the launch of this year’s International Facilities Management (FM) Day in Accra, said yesterday that ensuring good facilities management preserve the health, productivity and well-being of people who use the built environment.

To be marked on May 11, the country chapter would celebrate World FM Day under the theme; “Health and Wellbeing in a Post-COVID-19 Hybrid Work Environment in Ghana” which stemmed from the global theme; “Leading a Sustainable Future”.

Mr. Opare-Agyeman said the challenge today in our built environment was not just a culture of poor maintenance, but the “lack of skilled labor and lack of understanding of the value of FM by governments, business owners and financial institutions”.

He said the role of government in achieving a sustainable built environment could not be overemphasized, which is why it was imperative that government establish appropriate legislations and ensure compliance, ensure the design of public buildings through the uses environmentally friendly materials and applies professionalism.

“The establishment of a government FM department or agency for infrastructure management and regulation is essential,” he added.

He said there was a pressing need for public-private partnership (PPP) as this could ensure the long-term maintenance and sustainability of the built environment, adding that “outsourcing facility management to professional organizations is best practice”.

Opare-Agyeman said activities to commemorate the celebration included a tour of Bulk Oil and Storage Transportation (BOST) facilities and a panel discussion.

He said speakers would talk about topics such as; “The Strategic Role of Facilities Management in Sustaining the Built Environment” and “Health and Wellness in a Post-COVID-19 Hybrid Workplace”.

The IFMA-GH is a group of facility management professionals in Ghana and part of the largest group of facility management professionals in the world today called The International FacilityManagement Association.

Founded in 1980, the IMA is the most recognized international association for facilities management professionals, supporting 24,000 members in 104 countries.

IMA offers career advancement through accreditation programs and offers a range of training courses, from entry-level programs to those for highly experienced facility managers.

The Ghana Chapter represents IFMA in Ghana. In August 2009, the IFMA Board of Directors in the United States approved the chapter, earning it international recognition.

Currently, the chapter has over 250 members across the country: working in various institutions, influencing change, and changing the norm of the lack of facility managers in our institutions.