Outgoing chairman of the Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management (IWFM), Nigeria Region, Wale Odufalu, says there is hope that translates into bright future for the workplace and facilities management practice in Nigeria.
Odufalu who had been the chairman of IWFM, formerly known as British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM),Nigeria Region, for five years, raised this hope while handing over the chairmanship of the institute to Tunde Obileye.
A seasoned facilities management practitioner, Obileye is a strong advocate of global best practice. He comes into office with a wealth of experience garnered over the years from international practice.
“It has been a huge honour to serve as the pioneer chair of the IWFM Nigeria Region and I am very proud and appreciative of the foundational work we did,” she noted, thanking IWFM members, FM industry practitioners, the media and other organizations that believed and supported them to date.
Coninuing, Odufalu said, “I believe that the future of workplace and FM in Nigeria is bright and I have no doubt that the institute under Tunde Obileye, with continued support from the head office, will continue to remain not only relevant but also at the forefront of driving positive change in the Nigerian FM landscape.”
Obileye commended the members for the confidence in him, noting that these were interesting times for their industry, particularly in an emerging market like Nigeria amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The IWFM, Nigeria Region, is poised to continue its drive to provide in-depth support that guarantees competitive advantage for its members and other stakeholders,” he assured.
He also, on behalf of the committee, commended the past chairman for the achievements recorded through her tremendous contributions to the work and growth of facilities management.
Neil Everitt, IWFM’s Head of Strategy, commended Odufalu for her leadership and efforts as chair of IWFM Nigeria Region. “We look forward to working with Tunde to continue the work to support the development of workplace and facilities professionals in Nigeria,” he said.