FG queries cement makers over rising prices
Director General of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) Prof Danladi Matawal yesterday queried cement manufacturers for the rising cost of the product in the last three months, saying it was unacceptable.
Speaking at the second Lafarge National dialogue series on building collapses in Abuja yesterday, Prof Matawal said there were no justifiable reasons for cement prices to go up by 25 percent within two to three months.
The conference with theme “Building collapse: An assessment of building practices in Nigeria and the imperative for sustainable construction” was attended by stakeholders in the building construction industry.
He said: “in the last two to three months, the prices of cement have shot up by 25 percent. We cannot accept a 50kg of cement to go up from N1600 to N2500.”
The NBRRI boss said building collapses were not as a result of quality of cement but poor application by the final users and block makers, saying the question of quality of the 32.5 grade cement and that of 42.5 must be laid to rest while the consumers are allowed to make their choices.