As one of the ways to
curtail the menace of building collapse in the country an expert in the building industry, Dr Samuel Adigwe, has advised builders to patronize only sandcrete blocks duly certified by the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON).
Adigwe who gave the advise while interacting with newsmen in Port Harcourt shortly after a sensitisation forum on housing, said the use of substandard materials was the major cause of building collapse in the country.
According to him, most buildings that collapsed were either recently built or still under construction, saying that this underscored the fact that the nation had a lot to do in quality assurance both in production process and the application of relevant specifications.
He said “Sandcrete block makers should ensure that their products are of right quality as stipulated by SON.”
Adigwe, who is also a structural engineer by training said, “The right application of specifications would ensure the durability of your Sandcrete blocks, and this aligns with government’s aspiration for affordable housing for the nation.”
The structural engineer however, urged other relevant agencies of government that have authority in the building sector to synergise in order to ensure that the problem of building collapse in the country is tackled.
It would be recalled also that SON in recent time had posited that the wrong application of materials and resources was the major cause of substandard Sandcrete blocks.
According to SON “Most times, block makers tend to compromise the quality of materials they use in order to gain more profit, but this has adverse effect on structure.”
SON maintained that it would be visiting block making sites to ensure compliance to set standards.