Validating elements of organisational maintenance policy for maintenance management of public buildings in Nigeria

Babatunde Fatai Ogunbayo, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa, Wellington Didibhuku Thwala, Opeoluwa Israel Akinradewo, David Edwards

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


Purpose: Maintenance policy is an element of building maintenance management that deals with organisation policy, planning and procedures, and delineates how maintenance units in an organisation will manage specific building components, auxiliary facilities and services. Given this contextual setting, this study investigates whether organisational maintenance policies (OMPs) utilised in developed countries are relevant in developing countries – using Nigeria as a case study exemplar. Design/methodology/approach: An empirical research design (using deductive reasoning) was implemented for this research. Specifically, a Delphi study conducted revealed 23 elements that impact OMP development in Nigeria. Findings: Of these twenty elements, six had a very high impact on maintenance management (VHI: 9.00–10.00), nine variables had a high impact (HI: 7.00–8.99) and eight other variables scored a medium impact (MI: 5.00–6.99). Emergent findings reveal that the elements of organisational maintenance policy that engender effective building maintenance management include preparation of safety procedure, optimisation of the maintenance policy, optimisation of the maintenance action plan, well-defined priority system, risk factor establishment, suitable maintenance procedures and a clearly delineated process. Practical implications: The study findings will guide policymakers in identifying the main elements required in maintenance policies development towards making national public asset preservation and economic gains. Also, the content of the future educational curriculum on maintenance management study will be more receptive to the body of knowledge and the built environment industry. Originality/value: Cumulatively, the research presented illustrates that these elements replicate those adopted in other countries and that effective maintenance management of public buildings is assured when these elements are integral to the development of an OMP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-36
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Built environment
  • Maintenance management
  • Nigeria
  • Organisational policy
  • Public buildings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Validating elements of organisational maintenance policy for maintenance management of public buildings in Nigeria'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this