Building Collapse: Reps Moves To Check Sub-Standard Materials

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The importers and producers of sub-standard building materials particularly iron bars into Nigeria are in for big trouble if the motion passed by the Federal House of Representatives on sub-standard building materials is implemented.

Moving the motion at the plenary section of the House on Thursday which was monitored by The Weekend Tide on NTA Port Harcourt, Hon Mayor Chukwudi Eze representing Imo State had canvassed for punitive measures against importers/producers of sub-standard Iron bars and other building materials into the country.

Hon Eze said that the motion is predicated on the fact that the country has suffered colossal damage in human and material terms following the use of fake building materials.

To buttress the importance of passing the motion, Hon Eze stressed that the problems associated with the use of sub-standard building materials particularly Iron bars is enormous.

According to him, the development affects all of us directly or indirectly because of the quality of rods used in building schools where our children study and other public and private building across the country.

Recalling the cries of Dr Johs Agaya, Director-General of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Hon Eze noted that Dr Agaya described the development as having cost huge lost to Nigeria in human and material terms.

According to him quackery and use of sub-standard building materials in the construction sector means that there is no effective and efficient monitoring and regulation of importers and producers of building materials in the country.

He therefore prayed the House to passes of the motion and advocated for the investigation and subsequent punishment of those responsible for the use of sub-standard material which led to cases of building collapse in the country.

The motion which received maximum contribution from other members was later passed when the speaker of representatives, Hon Dimeje Bankole who presided over the house put it into voice votes.

It will be recalled that the Federal of Construction Industries (FOCI) recently, blamed regulatory bodies for the high rate of building collapse in the country.

The president of the federation Mr. Mobolaji Williams who stated this during the annual general meeting of the body in Abuja noted that when you talk of collapsed buildings, it is because the supervising authorities have not controlled stages of such construction.

The Snag, however is if the regulatory bodies would live up to their responsibilities now that the Green Chambers of the National Assembly has given them more legal teeth to bito importers and producers of sub-standard building materials particularly Iro bars.

 

Isaac Nwankwo