AN EVALUATION OF maintenance IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA based ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT ( A CASE STUDY OF ORON LGA, akwa IBOM STATE)
1.1 Background Of Study
This study is focus on AN EVALUATION OF MAINTENANCE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA BASED ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT ( A CASE STUDY OF ORON LGA, AKWA IBOM STATE). The need to design and complete projects as quickly as possible led to the birth of project management. In complex projects, project management is essential to provide a sense of purpose and establish a focal point for coordinating the activity of hundreds or thousands of relatively autonomous groups or bodies. It is particularly useful when a large amount of collaboration between multiple parties is necessary. In contrast, facility maintenance is essential not only for extending the life of machines and other productive facilities, but also as a safety mechanism for the equipment's operators. According to Priel (1994), maintaining plants and equipment in good operating condition is essential for achieving complete quality, dependability, and productivity. The best project or equipment will not work satisfactorily if it is not properly maintained, and system failures may be extremely costly, not only financially but also in terms of employee morale and customer relations. Training, motivation, healthcare, and even entertainment for the people must be maintained, along with the proper storage and management of resources.
Kerzner (2000) defines project management as the planning, scheduling, and management of a series of interdependent tasks to ensure that the project's goals are completed successfully and in the best interest of all stakeholders. Consequently, project management is an essential aspect of project success. Where there is poor management, there is failure. No project can produce the promised results without professional and effective management. Good project management is vital for accomplishing a project's desired goals and objectives. The maintenance of projects or the infrastructure within them is arguably the most significant factor affecting sustainability and the continued receipt of services from completed projects well into the future. In this context, maintenance refers to the process of keeping productive facilities in good condition so that their optimal expected performance or output remains nearly the same as when they were first put into service. Maintenance of productive facilities is essential for all types of organizations because the alternative, equipment replacement, may be costly and time-consuming. Occasionally, organizations, particularly Local Government areas, may have a strong desire to acquire extra facilities, yet their capability may be constrained.
1.2 Statement Of Problem
Recent environmental disasters in our cities have included, among other things, air disasters, building collapses, and bridge collapses. These structures and infrastructures were intended to endure more than 30 years, but they are rapidly deteriorating beyond repair due to the use of substandard materials or a lack of care. Inefficiencies in project management and facility maintenance are the focus of this investigation. This project's objective is to find a solution to the issue.
(1) The extent to which the Local Government Area recognizes the significance of project management and infrastructure maintenance.
(2) The implementation and oversight of initiatives according to best practices.
(3) How administrators and politicians view the significance of project management and facility upkeep.
(4) The effects of inadequate funding on local government project management and infrastructure maintenance.
(5) The government's authorization and oversight of project execution.
1.3 Objective Of Study
The study's aims are as follows:
(1) Determine if the Third Tier of government is supervised appropriately to guarantee effective project management and infrastructure upkeep.
(2) To identify the major issues influencing public sector project management and facility maintenance.
(3) Determine if good project management and facility maintenance can result in efficient resource utilization.
1.4 Research question
The following research question guides the present investigation:
(1) Is the Third Tier of government adequately supervised to guarantee good project management and infrastructure maintenance?
(2) What are the most significant issues influencing public sector project management and facility maintenance?
(3) Can successful project management and facility maintenance result in efficient resource utilization?
1.4 Significance of study
Even if a project is finished according to plan, it is useless if the intended beneficiaries, the local community, or the nation as a whole do not gain from it. Government officials, especially those in Local Government Areas, academics, and the general public may find the findings and recommendations of this study useful. The study is expected to give crucial information for local government policy revisions in project management and facility maintenance, as necessary, because what was considered cutting-edge previously is often antiquated now.
This study will contribute to the existing literature in this field and serve as a resource for academics, researchers, and students who wish to do future research on this or a similar subject.
1.5 Scope of study
This study is not limited to assessing maintenance in local government areas in accordance with project management; it will also investigate whether adequate supervision is carried out to ensure effective project management and facility maintenance in the Third Tier of government, identify the major issues affecting project management and facility maintenance in the public sector, and determine whether effective project management and facility maintenance can be achieved. This research is restricted to senior and junior civil officials in Oron, Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom.
1.6 Limitation of study
During the course of the investigation, the researchers were hindered by insufficient funds, insufficient resources, and a lack of time.
1.7 Definition of terms
Kerzner (2000) defines project management as the planning, scheduling, and monitoring of a succession of projects to ensure their effective completion in the best interest of the project's stakeholders.
Maintenance: Work performed to guarantee that plant, equipment, buildings, etc. are fully functional and/or to respond to breakdowns in the shortest time possible.
AN EVALUATION OF MAINTENANCE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA BASED ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT ( A CASE STUDY OF ORON LGA, AKWA IBOM STATE)