SON harps on qual­ity build­ing ma­te­ri­als

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Mustapha Suleiman

The Direc­tor Gen­eral of Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Nige­ria (SON), Mr Osita Aboloma, has called for col­lec­tive ef­forts to­wards find­ing last­ing so­lu­tions to the in­ces­sant build­ing col­lapse in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try.

He made this call in his ad­dress on “the im­por­tance of qual­ity flat sheets & steel re­in­force­ment ma­te­ri­als in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try” at Build­ing Col­lapse Preven­tion Guild (BCPG) Iko­rodu Cell Sem­i­nar held Wed­nes­day in La­gos.

He said the theme of the sem­i­nar is not only apt but has come at a time when in­ci­dences of build­ing col­lapse have been of se­ri­ous con­cern to many stake­hold­ers and has led to avoid­able loss of lives and prop­er­ties.

He chal­lenged the sem­i­nar par­tic­i­pants to come up with prac­ti­ca­ble so­lu­tions that will ad­dress the build­ing col­lapse me­nace and min­i­mize wastages and losses.

He said, “Causes of build­ing col­lapse have been at­trib­uted to many fac­tors, mainly hu­man er­rors such as faulty de­signs, faulty con­struc­tion, foun­da­tion fail­ures, use of sub­stan­dard ma­te­ri­als, neg­li­gence, omis­sion, ig­no­rance, quack­ery, sab­o­tage, in­ad­e­quate su­per­vi­sion, non­com­pli­ance to spec­i­fi­ca­tions/ stan­dards. Nat­u­ral oc­cur­rences such as floods, earth­quakes, heavy winds among others could lead to build­ing col­lapse. Faulty de­signs and con­struc­tion arise from de­fec­tive ar­chi­tec­tural and en­gi­neer­ing draw­ings ow­ing to lack of fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies, soil and site in­ves­ti­ga­tions, poor de­sign de­tails, er­rors, omis­sions and in­ac­cu­rate data cou­pled with con­trac­tors fail­ing to carry out con­struc­tion in ac­cor­dance with spec­i­fi­ca­tions/stan­dards.”

He noted that all the known causes of build­ing col­lapse un­der­score lack of com­pli­ance to codes/stan­dards re­quire­ments as­so­ci­ated with the built sec­tor.

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