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Buildings today rely on a combination of end-point technologies (sensors, controllers, management tools, etc.) using wired and wireless communications platforms. Although wired solutions are preferred in the majority of cases, wireless devices are becoming more prevalent due to the...
1. Commit to Increasing Your Cybersecurity Budget Global cybersecurity spending is expected to surpass $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021. Currently, the median spend on security is about 7 to 9 percent of an organization’s IT budget. Plan to spend...
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, said airport authorities have commenced upgrading of existing facilities including the deployment of new communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management systems. The upgrade is to enhance capacity, safety, efficiency and economy of flight...
It's the new year already and workplace leaders like you are undoubtedly already looking ahead and putting the finishing touches on your plan for the new year. And if you’re like most facilities leaders, saving money is at the...
Over 120 fire extinguishers among those installed at the National Assembly complex in Abuja have not been serviced for five years, findings by The PUNCH showed on Thursday. Investigations also indicated that they were last tested by technicians in 2011. The...
The Federal Government and some its agencies that are not under the first line charge will spend N1.91bn on clearing of sewage and fumigation in the 2017 fiscal year, investigation has shown. Details of the proposed spending are contained in...
After a rather unimpressive 2016 economic growth in Nigeria for almost all sectors, with its attendant negative impacts on the bottom-line of most companies, all attention now turns to required adjustments to survive in 2017. If many of the expert...
Spending your hard earned money to rent an apartment is a decision that should be taken after careful considerations and inspections. Don’t be moved by beautiful finishing and décor. Taking the time to make a few maintenance checks can...
Remember heaving a sigh of relief as you wrote your final exam in your university or polytechnic. You may have thought that would be the end of structured learning and exam writing. It probably did not take you long...
Did you know there’s a whole host of lighting options out there for your business – whether that’s a warehouse, an office or something entirely unique – and what’s more, the option you choose can impact on your wallet...
You are aging. Don't deny it. Every day takes its toll on you little by little. Because nobody wants to get old, we do things to delay the inevitable — we eat right (some of the time), exercise regularly...
The maintenance and condition of public restrooms carries heavy consequences for facility management teams. A recent survey analyzes Americans’ public hand-washing behaviors and preferences and illustrates how a facility’s restroom appearance affects perceptions of the business or establishment, and...
During a season in which weather can be potentially hazardous, it’s important that building and facility managers take the proper precautions to help prevent elevator damage and protect the safety of building occupants. Initial Preparations A diagram showing the location of...
As compliance issues continue to increase in priority for managers, there are seven primary areas to keep an eye on to help avoid penalties that can negatively impact your organization. Here's the list below: Ethics. Aside from being potentially illegal, unethical...
New realities are rising with the dawn of innovative technologies in solid waste management, with the Lagos authorities wielding the ‘big stick’ in surprise moves to rescue the state from the inefficiency of the Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators. In...
Depending on the size and scope of your building, you work with a number of vendors for the ongoing maintenance of your facility. Different components and needs within your space require different types of service. In some situations, you call...
The Federal Government has urged state governments to improve facilities at all National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps in their various states. The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung who gave the directive said that the government could...
Many organisations mandate the installation of security patches, which is an important part of keeping networks and devices secure. However, the very nature of patches means facility managers should not rely on them to keep networks secure. Security patches are...
Too often companies, in an attempt to drive portfolio performance, tend to focus on management costs, neglecting that the real driver of portfolio performance is costs managed. This is particularly relevant for organisations embarking on an outsourcing strategy driven by...
The biggest question any professional can ask is ‘How can I succeed and thrive in my field?’ To answer it, we’ll have to define what ‘success’ means for you, and then examine the best ways to achieve that success. What...
Critical environments can include operational buildings, or areas within buildings, such as data centres, hospitals, manufacturing plants, and trading floors (such as a stock exchange) among others. Critical facilities are the systems that support the effective and efficient operation of these environments....
Electricity distribution companies in the country have raised alarm over what it described as rampant energy theft among consumers, especially in rural communities. The DISCOS also denied extortion in the electricity billing system, noting that consumers were billed based on...
Maintenance is about the life cycle of facilities. Let’s say a building was under construction for six months. That building may remain in service in some capacity for 30, 60, even 100 or more years. Even a building with...
The commitment of the Ogun State government to ensure improved power supply to residents of the state capital, Abeokuta and it’s environs, has received a boost with the approval of a multi-lateral fund to upgrade water facilities by the...
Producers to be responsible for wastes, says NESREA In the wake of an upsurge in militant attacks on key oil infrastructure in the creeks and swamps of the oil-producing south, Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has decried the devastating impacts...
Even if you are not directly involved in Facility Maintenance activities, you must have come across fire extinguishers at some point and would likely have one or more in your home, office or vehicle. A fire extinguisher is a hand...
Out of a total number of more than Two Million Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in Nigeria for the current year, about 30,000 of them are from Benue State, making the State the number one victim outside the North-east of...
The management of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) has warned those illegally erecting structures on the land belonging to the permanent site of the university at Nsukara Offot in Uyo to reconsider their action as such structures will be...
KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS (KYC) Have a clear knowledge and understanding of who your customers are and put up a strategy to understand their changing needs. Your customers may fall into one of these categories; The Occupants, residents, staffs, co-workers, etc ...
Looking from a Facilities Management view point, someone who has continuous innovative and a forward thinking development ideas towards an asset is what a lot of  businesses say they want in their next Facilities/Asset Manager.  A facilities manager ensures...
Digital Revolution In the 1980s, with the introduction of computers, a 4-day work week was envisaged in the future. Today enabled by technology, we are able and we need to compete globally. Your day may start with a 6am call...
The  three carousels and conveyor belts installed at the   D’ Arrival wing of the Lagos International Airport will fast-track departure and arrival formalities, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has said At the inaugurattion of the facility, FAAN...
Forty-four-year-old Federal Government College (FGC), Ilorin in Kwara State, is one of the 104 Unity Schools that have produced many prominent Nigerians, including children of former President Shehu Shagari; and his number two man, Dr Alex Ekwueme.  However, many...
According to a Global Industries Analytics Report, the facilities management industry is one of the most rapidly growing industries, with expected growth to reach $394.69 billion by 2017. FM continues to provide a lucrative career path, while the roles and responsibilities...
‘It’s not that easy being green’ – contrary to what Kermit the Frog might have you think, it actually is that easy to be green. We’ve compiled a list of simple steps that your business can take to reduce...
Be it a residential or commercial property, conflict happens. It is an inevitable fact of life. This is more the case where you have a mix of people from diverse cultures, languages and with different expectations. Realizing that the parties involved...
Key findings of 197 respondents who took part in the survey, include an optimism and positivity around the industry, a projected investment in FM training and development and an increasing use of technology amidst a recession in the region.  The...
World Bank, UNEP, DFID to provide advisory support Plans to fund projects that have environmental benefits have begun with the Federal Government’s release of guidelines for the Green Bonds that target N78 billion in climate finance. Under the guidelines, some sectors...
The ravaging economic recession in Nigeria has, by default, taught many organizations on how to be creative, innovative and also to realize the need to be cost-effective, to increase productivity and remain profitable. The implication of this is that,...
It is no news that one major channel through which Foreign Exchange earnings leave Nigeria is medical tourism. A 2013 BusinessDay report revealed that 47% (18,000) of Nigerians, who visited India that year, did so for medical reasons and...
The Senate Committee on Privatisation has commended the management of Egbin Power Station over the improvement recorded in power generation and the ongoing transformation of the plant. This is contained in a statement issued by the company’s head of media...
It’s important for employers to understand how hazardous substances in their workplace can have a detrimental effect on employee’s health and that they must comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) to prevent anything dangerous happening. Here...
The role of air conditioning in facilities cannot be overemphasized. It has become so central to effective operations that it can be easy to take relatively smooth system operation for granted. Maintenance and engineering managers, however, don’t have that...
When it comes to protecting your business and not just in Nigeria, you can never be too safe. By taking the right precautions, you’ll be able to prevent any possible threats such as burglary, theft, vandalism and fraud. It is...
The issue with having a blocked drain around your office/business environment can be very unpleasant - not only are they messy, they can smell awful and cause disruption to your business. You are responsible for maintaining or repairing any drains...
  I'm sure we all are familiar with the proverb, “Prevention is better than cure”. It is definitely true when it comes to protecting your business from costly repairs. Whilst it is important to have processes in place once disaster does...

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