In what will clearly be remembered as a defining moment in the Facilities Management Industry in Nigeria, the upper chamber of the National Assembly yesterday, 17th of Juy 2018, read for the third time and passed the bill establishing the Facility Management Council of Nigeria (FMCN).
Facility Management Council of Nigeria (FMCN) (Est, etc) Bill, 2018 (SB. 340) is read the THIRD time and PASSED.
— The Nigerian Senate (@NGRSenate) July 17, 2018
According the details of the explanatory Memorandum of the Bill obtained by FMTalk360, the Facility Management Council of Nigeria (FMCN) will be charged with the responsibilities of among other things: register persons and organisations seeking to practice facility management, set regulations and standards, inspect facilities, discipline erring members, sanction facilities, advance professionalism in the study and practice of facility management, organize expositions, publish books, journals, magazines, and other periodicals, as well as regulate and control the practice of the facility management profession.
Before the passage of this bill steps had been taken by Facility Managers in the nation to create a body whose responsibilities would be to set the standard of practise for facilities management in the country.
While the passage of the SB. 340 bill can and should be celebrated as a victory for the Facilities Management industry in Nigeria, concurrent passage of same bill by the House of Representatives and assent into law by the President are hurdles that still needs scaling before the bill becomes an Act of Parliament and a law in the land.