Collapsed building: Institute warns on dangers of cheap materials

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Collapsed building, a case for cheap materials

A collapsed building…a case of substandard building materials

THE spate of collapsed building in Nigeria has been traced to quackery, poor maintenance culture and use of substandard materials.

The acting Director-General of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), Prof. Samson Duna made the claim at a media conference in Abuja Tuesday, on the forthcoming International Conference slated for July 2 to July 4.

Themed “Construction Practices in Nigeria: Issues, Prospects and Solutions,” the international conference would address critical and topical national issues in accordance with the institute’s key mandate of capacity building.

According to Duna, “construction practice in Nigeria is is robust and vibrant. It is saddled with lots of issues such as use of substandard construction materials, poor maintenance culture, urban and regional issues, among others.

“The conference will address contemporary issues, proffer solutions to enhance performance, relevance, sustainability, improve local content and competitive edge in line with the national and global practices.”

The acting director noted that the yearly conference has made tremendous impact in reducing the frequency of the collapse of buildings in Nigeria.

He explained that the conference would create awareness by bringing together professionals in building industry to deliberate on the challenges in the sector and proffer solutions.”

According to News Agency of NIgeria (NAN) reports, that NBRRI does not have mandate to enforce in terms of substandard construction materials, but to conduct integrated applied research and development in building, road and construction sectors.

Duna explained further that the construction industry, being multi-dimensional, deals with issues including policies, ethics and standard of practice, infrastructure collapse, procurement processes and project financing issues.

Others are research development, maintenance practices and culture in construction industry.

He listed others as challenges of urban and regional issues; quality assurance in construction and other ways of improving the quality of life of its citizens in the construction industry.

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