Gentlemen of the Press,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Alpha Mead Facilities & Management Services Limited, I warmly welcome you to the official press briefing for the 2015 edition of the Nigerian Facilities Management Roundtable: a private sector-led initiative sponsored annually by our company, Alpha Mead Facilities & Management Services Limited, AMFacilities.
Before we progress in this briefing, I will like to personally express our profound appreciation to all those who have made this event successful over the years. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of our customers, Facilities Management professionals, other professional bodies such as the National Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NISVE), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), International Facilities Management Association, IFMA Nigerian Chapter, and of course, members of the press, for your consistent support for the Alpha Mead brand, and for the attention you have given to the Nigerian FM Roundtable since inception, to make it the biggest Facilities Management event in Nigeria today.
We will also like to thank our international partners Cluttons UK, Johnson Controls, who recently announced us as their Preferred Partner in Nigeria, and Global FM, who has consistently written us to laud this initiative. Lastly, on behalf of AMFacilities, I will like to congratulate Dr. Oluranti Adebule, the Deputy Governor-elect of Lagos State who has been a two time Keynote Speaker at the event.
The annual Nigerian Facilities Management Roundtable is organized by AMFacilities in commemoration of the World FM Day – a day earmarked internationally by Global FM, a worldwide alliance of member-centered Facility Management organisations, providing leadership in the advancement of the FM profession through FM institutions such as the BIFM, IFMA International, F.M.A, Australia and many others around the globe.
The key objectives of this day are to recognize and celebrate achievements of Facility Managers around the globe, present a platform for the improvement of standard practices of the FM profession, develop agenda for the improvements of FM practice globally, and address identified challenges being experienced at the local levels in order to be able to meet global best practice and standards.
Here in Nigeria, the objectives are not different. We have sufficiently drawn from the global agenda for this day to form the basis of our discussions for the past three editions, and this year is not different.
As a leading Facilities Management Company, our interest is nurturing the FM industry to be able to absorb the opportunities in the market, and the FM Roundtable is one of the many windows we are exploring to institute standards and promote professional FM practice in Nigeria. Particularly, our motivation for this event is to through it; stimulate a standard-driven Facilities Management sector that can sufficiently support Nigeria’s growing Real Estate and Infrastructure market to contribute significantly to the nation’s GDP.
This year’s FM Roundtable will hold on June 10 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, and will focus on the theme: “Building Resilience for the Future”.
In the face of dwindling revenue occasioned by the deep in the oil price and the current economic realities, we consider “Building Resilience for the Future” a very apt theme in the role Facilities Management will play in helping businesses hedge against risk and downtimes. So like we have been doing, we have carefully selected top executive and professionals within Nigeria’s business environment to come and deliberate on how Facilities Management can continue to help business stay resilient in the face of global economic realities.
Let me quickly inform you that our approach to this year’s roundtable is industry-specific. That is, each industry where Facilities Management plays critical roles will converge at a mini-roundtable within the event to discuss peculiar Facilities Management issues related to their industry. Specifically, stakeholders from the Oil & Gas, Real Estate and Infrastructure, Financial Services, Telecommunications and Public sectors will come together to discuss the FM components of their businesses and how FM can help strengthen their business against the market tides.
Having delivered three editions of the Nigerian FM Roundtable to date, it is very fulfilling to see that the industry is gaining the required momentum, and that private individuals, government and even the media is coming to terms with the critical role FM can play in sustaining the Nigerian built environment.
We are especially encouraged by the feedback from FM and Real Estate experts, investors, the academia and the public sector about the technical relevance of the Nigerian FM Roundtable compendium. The Roundtable compendium is a compilation of the various discussions and resolutions at the event, published annually after the event. Having distributed over 2,000 copies of the compendium to various institutions, the feedback particularly delights us because we are aware that the resolutions in the document are well thought-out strategies from the best minds in the industry.
From, 2012 when we delivered the first edition with the theme: “Advancing Global Best Practices in the Real Estate and Facilities Management Industry in Nigeria”, to 2013 when we concerned ourselves with “Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Maintenance of Real Estate Assets and Public Infrastructure in Nigeria”, and 2014 where stakeholders discussed; “Towards Optimal Performance of Critical Infrastructure and Real Estate Asset in Nigeria”, we very are pleased with the remarkable impact of the roundtable on the industry.
Today the FM sector is witnessing an unprecedented rise in its profile. The private sector is beginning to acknowledge the key role that FM plays in their quest for improved productivity and profitability, and government at Federal and State levels are increasingly buying into the Public Private Partnership paradigm especially in terms of public assets utilities and facilities.
Gentle men of the press, even as opportunities continue to open up in the FM sector, it is critical for key stakeholders, especially practitioners to position themselves to take advantage of the prospects in the industry. Critical issues such as global best practices, quality assurance, amongst others will undoubtedly play a role if the FM sector will rise to the challenge. These issues are more will form the key discussions during the 2015 edition of FM Roundtable.
We are mindful of the tireless contributions of various stakeholders to the success of the FM Roundtable over the years, particularly the press. Your unbiased and analytical reportage of not only the Roundtable but also the general happenings in the FM space in Nigeria has helped in no small measure in bringing FM to the attention of the public.
Once again we say thank you for your unalloyed support over the years, and we count on you to make the 2015 FM Round table a bigger success.