Most developing countries have adopted a very “unique” approach to commissioning of on going, existing and new projects.

Today, the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari is in Lagos and in the process, would be commissioning projects that are supposed to have been completed and ready for use.

In other climes, a project to be commissioned is one whose materials, systems, and staff have successfully completed a thorough quality assurance process.

Newsannexonline seem to be at a loss as to the type of commissioning a government that prides herself on integrity is undertaking today.

Building commissioning occurs when a building has undergone an intensive quality assurance process that begins during design and continues through construction, occupancy, and operations. Commissioning ensures that the new building operates initially as the owner intended and that building staff are prepared to operate and maintain its systems and equipment.

Retro-commissioning is the application of the commissioning process to existing buildings. Retro-commissioning is a process that seeks to improve how building equipment and systems function together. Depending on the age of the building, retro-commissioning can often resolve problems that occurred during design or construction, or address problems that have developed throughout the building’s life. In all, retro-commissioning improves a building’s operations and maintenance (O&M) procedures to enhance overall building performance.

Re-commissioning is another type of commissioning that occurs when a building that has already been commissioned undergoes another commissioning process. The decision to re-commission may be triggered by a change in building use or ownership, the onset of operational problems, or some other need. Ideally, a plan for recommissioning is established as part of a new building’s original commissioning process or an existing building’s retro-commissioning process.

Newsannexonline is aware that, at least two of the projects, International Airport road and the Oshodi Transport Interchange are obviously not ready for official use going by the above definitions for project commissioning.

Why the rush to commission now when government is suppose to be a continuum?

The fact that it is the same party (APC) that won in Lagos makes it incomprehensible that projects that are still in various construction stages would be “commissioned” as an “achievement” of governance.

Nigeria needs a paradigm shift and we had thought this “Next Level” government would offer such succor.

Lets stop doing the same thing, expecting a different result.

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