Institute Policy On Construction Maintenance

DOGBEGAH 1The government has  been called upon to institute a policy on the maintenance of construction projects to save cost and  lives.

The vice president of the Chartered Institute of Building-West Africa, Mr Rockson Dogbegah, who made the call, cited the lack of a maintence culture  in the country, especially in the construction sectors as one of the major contributory factors to the collapse of buildings across the country.

Speaking at a one-day training workshop on facilities management in Accra, he said the policy would ensure that buildings were necessarily maintained and renovated after construction.

The training workshop, put together by Africa Facilities Management Institute, is targeted at facilities managers and is expected to address the challenges of the job.

It is also expected to equip participants with the knowledge that will enable them add value to their organisation by ensuring proper and efficient management of company assets using best practices.

Facilities managers (FM) can be found globally in both the public and private sectors. The training has therefore been developed to assist Africa’s managers to get in the mindset of the global FMs by learning all the basic principles that will assist in meeting the requirements of businesses and government.

The training is also expected to make participants better facility managers with adequate knowledge of principles and practices of facilities management that helps to deliver business objectives.

The workshop participants would also gain insight into world class knowledge and practise  principles which enhance effective project management skills aimed at ensuring smooth running of renovation, construction and relocation projects.

Mr. Dogbegah said the effects of not maintaining construction projects were disastrous and damage control measures that were taken in the event of a calamity coming at a great cost to the nation.

“There is therefore the need for the country and organisations to understand and embrace the principles of facility management,” he said.

Mr Dogbegah said the external parts of a building destroy quickly when exposed to the natural environment and would therefore deteriorate easily without any proper maintenance.

He said regular inspection and maintenance would enable timely identification and replacement of deteriorated building elements.

“I see this workshop as the beginning of liberating us from the culture of non-maintenance,” he said. He was also hopeful that participants would be able to understand basic facility management challenges.  By David Adadevoh

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