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Engineer in Nigeria calls for improved equipment maintenance

Lagos, Nigeria -- At a three-day international seminar in Ikeja, Nigeria, a suburb of Lagos, on advanced maintenanc...


Lagos, Nigeria — At a three-day international seminar in Ikeja, Nigeria, a suburb of Lagos, on advanced maintenance, maintenance engineer Mike Orugbo condemned the poor attitude of Nigerians towards proactive maintenance, according to a report in This Day, an independent daily newspaper published in Lagos.

Lagos is the largest city in West Africa’s Federal Republic of Nigeria and remains its business centre.

At the seminar, organized by O-Secul Consultancy Services, MRO Software and Emerson Process Management during the last week of June 2006, Orugbo said the situation was affecting the nation’s industrial growth.

O-Secul owns the National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria. According to the news report, Orugbo said most public corporations in the country collapsed because of inadequate maintenance of multi-million dollar machines and other infrastructure.

According to This Day, Orugbo said his findings over the years indicated that unqualified engineers had been hired to handle the maintenance of most manufacturing firms.

He added that paying attention to a Reliability-Based Maintenance strategy by management of manufacturing firms would enhance business performance.