MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN LOW-COST HOUSING ESTATES IN AKWA IBOM STATE: AN ASSESSMENT
Ubon Titus Usoro
Department of Estate Management
School of Environmental Studies, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic,
It is important to ensure proper maintenance of buildings to prevent deterioration. Public buildings represent significant investment of the tax payers’ money. Therefore, preserving these building systems by maintenance is important. But research has shown that a lot of public residential buildings are abandoned either uncompleted or left in a serious state of disrepair on completion. This study is designed to assess the current level of maintenance of the public residential buildings in Akwa Ibom State. This study reveals that on the whole, 80 percent of all residential estates surveyed have maintenance problems. The study also establishes the following as factors responsible for the poor maintenance of the estates: poor construction, poor or lackof maintenance culture, inadequate funds and high maintenance cost, pressure on building facilities by a number of users, etc. The problem has also arisen as a result of lack of preventive maintenance plan, low capacity of maintenance personnel in terms of staffing and training, absence of a state maintenance policy and lack of patriotism on the part of the tenants occupying government bungalows. The study concludes that there is need for managers to embrace preventive maintenance practice as a priority rather than ad hoc statute in the estates.
Keywords: Akwa Ibom State, maintenance, public buildings, estates managements, pressure on facilities.