Worried by the rising cases of building collapse leading to loss of lives and property across the federation, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has partnered the Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA, in a bid to fight the current wave of production and sale of substandard building material in the country.
The Acting Director General of the SON, Dr. Paul Angya made this known yesterday in Abuja when the Executive Members of the Institute led by its President, Architect Tonye Braide visited him.
Dr. Angya said that the increasing rate of building collapse in the country is worrisome and called on the Institute to see themselves as partners in the development of Nigeria in terms of quality and standards, adding that one of the ways to fight substandard is for Nigerians to be Vanguard of Standards.
He informed the Institute of an existing Task Force in SON, and invited them to join SON to fight and instill discipline in the build industry, particularly the Iron and Steel sector including other components that are suspected to be major problems and causes of building collapse in the country.
The Director General also said that SON is willing to sign a Memoranda of Understanding MoU, with the Institute, and promised to put together a team from SON that will work out the criteria with the Institute, but enjoined them to have a better understanding of Standards as that will be the basis of working together.
Dr. Angya used the forum to inform members of the Institute that Electrical Cables made in Nigeria ranks amongst the best in the world, but regretted that some unscrupulous Nigerian businessmen and women in connivance with their foreign cohorts import substandard foreign cables and label them “ Made in Nigeria” in order to deceive the unsuspecting consumer, adding that the fight against substandard products/ services in the country should be seen as a fight by all Nigerians in order to minimize the influx of substandard products in our country.
Earlier in his address, the president of the Institute, Architect Tonye Braide thanked the Acting Director General and Management of SON for the warm reception accorded him and his team, and informed the DG that they were in SON to seek ways of collaborating with of SON in the fight against the production and sale of substandard building materials which in turn is the result of the increasing incidences of building collapse.
Architect Briade frowned at the rate at which substandard building materials have overflown the markets and called for urgent steps to redirect the construction industry in line with the accepted specification/standard.
The President said that the Institute was ready to partner with SON and develop standard and building codes that will bring about a lasting solution to the problem of collapse and expressed the willingness of the institute for more meetings with SON in order to work out a process of quality assurance on building materials.
He also pleaded for the Institute to be part of SON visiting team to building collapse sites so that they are well informed about issues on collapses.

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