The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has called for self-regulation in the various sub-sectors of the construction industry.
According to SON, self-regulation in the construction industry will ensure consistent quality products, processes and services.
This, the organisation said, would provide a lasting solution to the incessant building collapse observed in various part of the country.
This was made known at the Building Collapse Prevention Guild, Ikorodu Cell’s seminar with the theme: ‘The importance of quality flat sheets and steel reinforcement materials in the construction industry’.
The Director-General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, noted that incidences of building collapse had been of serious concerns to many stakeholders, including the federal and state governments.
Aboloma, who was represented by the Sectional Head, Mechanical Department, SON, Mr. Abdulrazaq Oyewopo, said, “Use of substandard materials range from poor cement/sand mixing ratio, leading to poor quality blocks, substandard steel reinforcement bars. All these underscore the lack of compliance/adherence to codes/standards requirements associated with the industry.”
He noted that the organisation had set up a national task force on steel products used in the construction industry to monitor the products of the rolling mills in the country.
He also said measures had been put in place to ensure standards of imported steel bars, adding that this would ascertain that Nigerians get value for their money in purchasing quality steel products.
The DG, however, called on the industry to give greater attention to compliance and adherence to standards by all stakeholders.
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