The Managing Director, Alpha Mead Facilities and Management Services Limited, Mr. Femi Akintunde, says that in furtherance of the company’s objectives of expanding the profession of facility management in Nigeria and Africa at large, the firm has decided to take the World Facility Management Day celebration to Accra, the capital city of Ghana.
Akintunde, who disclosed the plan during an interactive session with journalists in Lagos, said hundreds of industry stakeholders would be joining the company to celebrate and promote the awareness of facility management in Ghana.
He stated that he believed the development would contribute to national development, sensitise the private and public sectors on their roles in the industry, and support in developing local capacity to global standard levels.
According to him, the calendar that has been released by the global FM body states that the event will hold on May 17.
He said, “We have been very impressed by the level of acceptance in Ghana. We have already received expression of interest from close to 1,000 since we made the announcement in the Ghana media, and we are hoping and looking forward to a very exciting day. Ghana is excited; discussions are going on in various media, radio, TV and various social media platforms.
“Key highlights of the programme shall include pre and post-event interaction with the media and social media engagement; and we are also introducing a new dimension to the celebration as from this year. This will be the award of excellence and recognition for individuals and corporates who have contributed significantly to the development of the profession in any country where we are holding the roundtable. This shall be in two forms: first is the Ghana FM Industry Brand Ambassador for an individual, and second for the corporates, the Ghana FM Industry Corporate Icon.”
Akintunde said he would present one of the technical papers, with the Managing Director of one of Ghana’s leading real estate and property management companies, NTHC Properties Limited, Mr. Jerome Eshun, presenting the other, while Archbishop Duncan William would be the keynote speaker for the event.
He noted that Alpha Mead chose Ghana despite its plans to expand to other markets such as Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and Cameroon, where it currently had business presence, because the country fit perfectly into its corporate plan and strategic moves to expand the business across the major cities of the continent.
He added, “It is also our own way of giving back to the society by contributing to the development of the FM markets for economic prosperity within the African region; and we are seriously committed to this goal. It has been confirmed from available statistics in Europe and America that FM contributes up to five per cent of the national GDP, but the situation in Africa is not the same, we do not even have any source of credible data to measure and report on this.
“These are part of the challenges that we as practitioners in this industry in the African region must be prepared to tackle and use as a means of engagement and development. Secondly, the strategic positioning of Ghana as an oil producing country is no doubt attracting many international investors with other related business interests that will continue to open up the economy to global attention and thereby improve the well-being and general social-economic development of the people and the nation in general.”
He added that Ghana’s corporate, commercial, retail and luxury residential spaces were also witnessing high rental income and occupancy.
“Therefore, for us, it is also time to draw from our track record of delivering results in all of these sectors to grow local capacity and boost investors’ confidence in the prime real estate space,” he added.
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