The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is pleased to announce the formation of its newest chapter — the Abuja Chapter of IFMA in Abuja, Nigeria.

The new chapter was formed to promote the facility management profession and educational opportunities to IFMA stakeholders in Abuja and neighboring states in Nigeria. Abuja is approximately 879 miles from Lagos, the location of IFMA’s other Nigerian chapter.

The new chapter has successfully identified its leadership for the inaugural term, consisting of a five-person executive board. Samson Opaluwa will serve as the chapter president, while Collins Osayamwen will serve as the chapter vice president. Approximately 60 Nigerian facility professionals attended the chapter’s initial formation meeting.

“With the establishment of the Abuja Chapter of IFMA, our quest for recognition by government and other decision makers in the country has received a major boost,” said Osayamwen. “Facility management is growing into a sizeable and influential industry sector in Nigeria, and we now have direct access to the rich educational resources offered by the world’s premier association for facility management.”

IFMA President and CEO David J. Brady formally recognized the Abuja Chapter of IFMA with a charter certificate at IFMA’s FM-3D conference in Houston on Friday, Feb. 29. Osayamwen accepted the certificate on behalf of the new chapter.