Lagos tasks block moulders on standard operations

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State government has insisted that all block moulding industries across the State must comply with the existing standard in their operations.

The government says the industry remains a critical partner in its vision zero tolerance for building collapse.

The General Manager of Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory, LSMTL, Engineer Olalekan Ajani gave this indication while speaking at the annual conference of National Association of Block Moulders of Nigeria held at Dangote Cement Plant, Ibese, Ogun State.

Ajani, who expressed the readiness of the State government to partner with the Association in sanitising the industry said that, “the State Government was poised to ensuring total sanity in all construction works and has been working towards actualising its vision of zero tolerance to building and civil engineering infrastructure collapse in State with the cooperation of all the relevant stakeholders.”

‘No compromise of standard’
The General Manager urged the block moulders not to compromise standard but conform to specifications already given by Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, stressing that the Agency, LSMTL is monitoring and enforcing the stipulated standards by the various regulating bodies for maximum compliance.

According to him, “Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory wants to assist block moulders get good materials in moulding their blocks to conform with minimum standards by Standard Organisation of Nigeria, some of the materials which include water, sand and cement must be certified.

“The most important element in the production of block is the sand, which is also called surface mining. Block moulders should always get good materials from the source and be aware that not all water are suitable for block moulding, hence they need to test all building materials.”

Getting rid of quacks
He said that government and the association must collaborate with the stakeholders to getting rid of quacks in the block moulding industry and consequently averting building collapse.

The National President of the association, Mr Rashidi Adebowale appealed to the members to abide by the rules and guides of the association.

This is to ensure that they comply with the quality assurance of Materials Testing Laboratories in their respective States.

He decried the high rate of non compliance to standards among majority of block moulders.

Adebowale urged the State government to enforce relevant sections of the law governing their operations and stop issuing Trade Permit to individual block moulders as against dealing with block moulders under the umbrella of their association.

Sammie Idika