COVID-19 has positively impacted the environment —MKO Balogun, FM expert

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As IFMA Nigeria celebrates the environment at 2023 World FM Day

 COVID-19 has positively

 COVID-19 has positively

The COVID – 19 Pandemic and its attendant consequences couldn’t stop the International Facility Management Association IFMAN, Nigeria chapter from celebrating this year’s World Facility Management Day, as the Association rolled out the drums to celebrate the Day with the theme “Celebrating Our Environment” by virtual meeting.

The Guest Speaker, Dr. MKO Balogun, Group Chief Executive Officer of Global Property & Facilities International Ltd, noted that, facility management is a US$1.15 trillion global industry, with over 65,000 professional and industry participants across the world.

According to him, “Facility Management has successfully integrated people, place and process within the built environment with the purpose of improving the quality of life of people and the productivity of the core business”.

The facility expert said, facility managers, facility engineers, janitors, security team, IT teams in residential buildings, hospitals, government offices, and public offices should be celebrated for their sacrificial roles that they have played since the outbreak of the dreaded disease.

He revealed that environments which are not properly managed would lead to building related diseases such as humidification issues, chemicals and cleaning agents, fumigation and pest control concerns, moist surfaces and dampness in buildings, air conditioning tower issues and poor filters.

The guest speaker further noted that COVID-19 has greatly improved the environment, as there has been a drastic drop in the level of pollution due to human activities that negatively affect the environment such as transportation which reduced pollution by 80 per cent, the use of buildings and its facilities reduced by more than 60 per cent, power utilization, water use, waste generation and others were reduced significantly due to lockdowns and restrictions of movement.

He advised facility managers to focus on building a sustainable environment and they need to turn buildings into green buildings having been found to be a better environment than conventional buildings, adding that it is also expected that they optimize energy and water while equally reducing all resources that have negative impact on the environment, educate occupants on culture that can positively impact the environment and automate all touch points.

While welcoming participants to the event, the President of IFMAN Nigeria, Mrs. Abimbola Olusegun-Adamolekun, said facility management practitioners play significant roles in operating and maintaining environments where our people work and live, pointing out that this is a huge responsibility that they proudly carry out every day.

According to her, “This special day enables us to reflect on our achievements of the profession. It is expected that the 2023 edition of the celebration will enable professionals to coordinate the workplace, people and technology especially at this time of COVID-19 pandemic so that our facilities can remain open and free of viruses.”

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