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Published On: Sun, Jun 8th, 2014

Collapsed buildings: Stop patronising quack engineers – SON

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son-logoBy Doyin Ojosipe.

The standard organization of Nigeria (SON), has dissociated itself from the claim that the 32.5 cement grade is substandard for building in Nigeria.

A group of civil society and professional bodies had claimed earlier that 32.5 grade of cement was a weaker grade hence, its use, responsible for various collapsed building in the country. They argued that while such grade was only good for plastering and rendering, Nigerians have continued to use it for structural work like columns and concrete making.

They further concluded that the acceptable grade for building, structural work and block making was 42.5 and 52.5. The issue has since become a bone of contention amidst cement producers in the country.

However, the standard organization of Nigeria (SON) debunked this claim agreeing with other stakeholders that the grade of cement has nothing to do with collapse of buildings but poor quality application, construction methods and the patronage of quack engineers was responsible for such mishap.

In opening remarks at a round table with stake holders, organized by Non-governmental organization network and standards awareness group, the director general, standard organization of Nigeria (son) who was represented by the organisatins director, Mrs Chinyere Egwuonwu denied taking sides with some stake holders while stating that the organization was only doing its work.

She reasoned that if grade of cement was responsible for building collapse, virtually all buildings especially one built in the 80s would have collapsed as the predominantly used cement in the country is of the 32.5 grade.

Furthermore, the director general, consumer protection council, Nigeria (CPCN), represented by Mr Emmanuel Amulai has urged the producers and stake holders to come to a conclusion and agree on what is right for the public consumption as consumers are bearing the brunt of some actions or inactions of some of the stake holders

The registrar, council for the regulation of engineering in Nigeria (COREN), represented by Engineer and professor J.O Odigure also explained that no grade was weaker or better except on the purpose for the building, structural readjustment for which provision was not initially made.

The Chief operating officer, people’s daily newspaper, Abuja, Mr Aliyu M. Aliyu has blamed all on corrupt governance noting that the government regulating bodies have not been doing their work as need be.

He insisted that most are so corrupt that they aid the producers and foreign companies to cheat the Nigerian while pretending to be ignorant of such insincerity.

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