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AFMP holds conference in Abuja, seeks facilities management adoption across Africa

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The Africa Association of Facilities Management Practitioners (AFMP) in Abuja on Monday held its conference to accelerate facilities management adoption across Africa

President of AFMPN Collins Osayamwen said that the idea started in 2020 and this year Nigeria is privileged to host the rest of Africa to this conference.

Osayamwem said facility management basically works with the people that use the facility (i.e when the building is completed), “the FM ensures that the user of the facility is healthy, safe and secured within the facility.”

He explained that the construction of the property is the job of the structural engineer; “to ensure that buildings are safe from construction while the facility manager ensures that the building satisfies the need it was designed to fulfill.

“Every building has a purpose and what we do is to ensure that building is performing the purpose, he said.

He however, added that the FMs still have a role to play in ensuring that buildings are conceived and developed to ensure that the people concerned are safe at the end of the construction of that building and the continuation or the use of the facility at the end of the day.

The question, he said is, “are facility managers recognised for their strategic contribution and their role within the built environment?

“How many developers recognise that the facility manager is integral and important in ensuring that buildings are designed and built to satisfy the needs of the users of the facility?

Ordinarily, the Facility Manager knows that whatever is put on the facility during construction will impact on the operations and maintenance and ongoing use of the building and for the life of the facility.”

Responding to a question on building collapse, he further said, “there are couple of things that could cause building collapse, possibly because people don’t follow Standards. So when you ignore standards that have been established; whether the use of materials or the way construction should be done, you will likely get a collapsed building.

“And there are a lot of things that make somebody throw standards to the wind because possibly the people who are supposed to oversee the standards cut corners; they look the other way because somebody has influenced their decision.
“Once you ignore standards buildings are bound to collapse so all we need to do is to enforce standards and we’ll have our buildings safe,” he added

Also speaking, the Vice Chairman of AFM, Maria Morapedi noted that, “we have started the journey because we recognised that in every country in Africa there are different maturities of development.

“So we started the journey of creating Facility Management of Africa, where we are all working together to encourage one another to form associations, to develop standards, education.
“We have also done a survey which will be presented at the conference and so we are building on the background of what the association has already done.
“We are thankful to have four-runners; Facility Management Practitioners of Nigeria, we also have South Africa, others are coming. We are also going to develop associations across the continent.

“It’s a work in progress, it will take time, but definitely we are going to collaborate with one another; it’s not a one man job, it’s a continent wide job,” she said

Chair and COO, AFM Eng. Sherif Maged Khaled also stated that It’s about having facility management prosper in Africa and helping all associations in Africa become existing and working as it should be and helping out a new generation of FM practitioners in all African countries to be trained and well equipped with knowledge and education and everything that it takes to be there.

“The facility management association is still a baby; it was launched a couple of years ago.
“We are learning from our Nigerian friends how to become good facility managers; how to grow. But in terms of facilities in Egypt, it is now developing and our friends in Nigeria are the ones helping us to perform in the right direction,” he said

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Impending Climate change disaster would be worse than COVID-19 for Africa -Senator Okorocha

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Senator Rochas Okorocha has warned of the impending disaster of climate change that may be worse than that of COVID-19 if Africa fails to address the issue before the limited six years time limit remaining.
There has been apprehension over the increasing devastating effects of Cilmate change that is set to bring the world to its knees in the next six years.

Okorocha who spoke on Saturday evening in Abuja at his Unity House residence.

He insisted that the problem of the degradation of the Ozone layer was created by the developed countries through carbon monoxide emissions into the atmospheric space from diesel powered plants in the time of industrial evolution. Africa is currently at the receiving end for refusing to embrace the green revolution

The IMO senator who was speaking in his capacity as the Leader of Climate Change Advocacy in Africa, a title conferred on him by campaigners of Green Revolution across the world led by Ambassador Jerome Ringo, said the global village is in disaster of Climate Change.
The disaster, according to him if not tamed will be horrendous in Africa and in particular Nigeria where majority of the citizens are battling with poverty, making them to cook with emissive devices like Charcoal, firewood, Kerosene Stoves etc .

“The looming disaster from climate change if not urgently addressed through tree planting and green revolution, will be worse than COVID-19 because having fought nature for centuries and many decades, nature is fighting back now.

“The clock of the disaster already manifesting in one way or the other, is ticking which may take a full blown manifestation in six years time.

“We must stop pollution. We should go green as quick as possible by planting trees, powering all our technologies through Solar energy.

“Many developed countries of the world who created this problem are now insulating their societies from it by doing away with anything carbon emissions and coming up with solar or electricity powered vehicles.

“Unfortunately for us here in Nigeria for example, even the Gas that should be leveraged on is being flared on daily basis not to talk of vehicles powered by Petrol or diesels with attendant emissions or pollution of the atmospheric space.

“The realities on ground now, point at the direction of Africa as epicenter of devastating effects of Climate Change ” ,he said .
The narrative must be changed by both the leaders and the led in the continent to rise against the looming disaster he opined.

“The required platform or voice for that, will surely be provided by Rochas Foundation Green Initiative at an International Conference to be held in Nigeria before the Glassgow Summit in November.” , he stressed.

Earlier in his remarks while conferring the leadership of the advocacy on Senator Rochas Okorocha, Ambassador Jerome Ringo said Africa needs to take its place in global climate decision making .

The choice of Okorocha as leader of the advocacy he said, will provide the needed voice and required actions against effects of Climate Change.
“65% of available agricultural space in the world is in Africa which should be used for the required green revolution through massive tree planting .

“That voice, we believe will be heard very loudly in Glasgow next month during the 27th Summit on way out of the Climate Change “, he said .

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Ghana to sign pact with W.E.B du Bois Museum Foundation to transform the current du Bois Memorial Centre, burial site in Accra

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By Mustapha Sumaila

The Ghanian Government has concluded plan to sign agreement with W.E.B du Bois Museum Foundation, to transform the current du Bois Memorial Centre and burial site in Accra, Ghana, into a state-of-art museum complex and world-class destination for scholars and heritage tourists.

Executive Director, W.E.B. du Bois Museum Foundation Japhet Aryiku, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday.

Dr. Du Bois, a civil rights pioneer and one of the world’s leading black intellectuals and thinkers, became a citizen of Ghana and resided in the country until his death in 1963. Du Bois’ vision of a continent of free and independent African nations was a major influence on Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah

Aryiku said Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, would offer remarks at the signing as the historic agreement would grant authority for the W.E.B du Bois Museum Foundation to construct a multi-million dollar museum complex to preserve Dr. Du Bois’ legacy over a 50-year period.

According to him, the complex will be designed by Sir David Adjaye, renowned Ghanaian architect and designer of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

“The Du Bois Memorial Centre in Accra where Dr. Du Bois and his wife, Shirley Graham Du Bois, are buried, opened to the public in 1985, but in recent years had required additional upkeep and maintenance.

“The Du Bois Museum Complex aims to transform the Center and create a living museum that revives the transformative spirit and vision of Dr. Du Bois for a unified ancestral home for Africans in the diaspora around the world.

“The complex will serve as a historic memorial site where visitors can honour his life and legacy, connect to their cultural and ancestral roots, and serve as an impetus to inspire solidarity between people of African descent.

“At the signing, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, will offer remarks on the significance of the agreement in strengthening historical, cultural, and economic ties between Ghana and the United States and Diaspora Africans.

“This agreement will build on the government’s “Year of Return” and “Beyond the Return” campaigns that encourage the return of African Diaspora from around the world.

“The Du Bois Museum Complex will usher in a renewed commitment to building an international treasure and historic memorial honouring the legacy of Dr. Du Bois, and fostering unity among the African Diaspora through a vibrant cultural and research center,” Aryiku said.

According to him, speakers at the signing will include leading political, financial, and cultural leaders from the U.S. and Ghana, including Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Republic of Ghana; Japhet Aryiku, Executive Director, W.E.B. Du Bois Museum Foundation; Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Others are Kwame Anthony Appiah, novelist and professor of philosophy and ethics, New York University and board member, W.E.B Du Bois Museum Foundation; and Daniel Rose, Chairman, W.E.B. Du Bois Museum Foundation, philanthropist, and leading real estate developer of several award-winning properties. (NAN)

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322,000 Nigerians taking refuge in neighboring countries, says Humanitarian Minister

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The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has disclosed that three hundred and twenty-two thousand (322,000) Nigerian refugees are currently living in neighbouring countries.


The special adviser to the minister on media Nneka Ikem Anibeze quoted the minister in a statement on Thursday while receiving the Draft on Tripartite Agreement for the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees in Niger Republic and Chad at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre Abuja.
The Technical Working Group on the repatriation of Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon made the presentation.


In a breakdown analyses, the statement indicated that out of the figures, Niger currently hosts One Hundred and Eighty-Six Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty-Seven (186,957) refugees, the Republic of Cameroon has One Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Four Hundred and Nine Thousand (118,409) refugees while Sixteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty-Four Thousand (16,634) refugees are in the Republic of Chad.

“With the large number of refugees in Niger, Chad and Cameroon, the Federal Government of Nigeria has officially initiated talks with the Governments of Chad and Niger to sign tripartite agreements similar to the one we have with the Republic of Cameroon. I am happy to inform you that we already have a draft copy of the Tripartite Agreement for Voluntary Repatriation of Nigerian Refugees in Niger and Chad Republics”.
The draft, after its ratification will kickstart preparations for the repatriation of refugees from the Republic of Niger and Chad.

The Minister who was hitherto the Chairperson of the TWG officially handed over the position to the new Honourable Federal Commissioner Iman Suleiman-Ibrahim.
In her address, Mrs Ibrahim thanked the minister for the confidence reposed in her and sought the cooperation of all partners in efforts to bring back the refugees in safety and dignity.

“Part of the governance infrastructure for carrying out this exercises includes the Borno State Government and some selected Federal Government MDAs as well as the UNHCR, our invaluable Technical Partner, all of who have crucial roles to play. It goes without saying that we need to work in synergy to ensure a successful voluntary repatriation in line with the Presidential directive”.

The HFC also urged members of the TWG to contribute meaningfully to discussions on updates to carry out their assignment.

The TWG is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the safe return of Nigerian Refugees.
It is made up of and comprises of representatives of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, the National Commission  for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, (NCFRMI) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the North East Development Commission.
Others are the Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of Security Services, National Security Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nigerian Police Force, Ministry of Health and the BAY states (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe).

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