Building collapse: LSMTL to create database for block moulders

The Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory is set to create a database that will capture all block and clay manufacturers in the state.

This effort, according to the agency, is geared towards curbing the use of substandard materials for construction in the state and its attendant building collapse.

During a courtesy visit by the Nigerian Institute of Building to the LSMTL’s headquarters in Ojodu, the newly appointed General Manager of LSMTL, Mr Olufunsho Elulade, disclosed that the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had declared zero tolerance for building collapse in the state.

He highlighted the need to capture everyone involved in the manufacturing and production of construction materials.

While describing the visit as a welcome development, Elulade emphasised the need for a synergy between the NIOB and his agency.

According to him, the LSMTL is a regulatory body backed by law and is ready to partner with the NIOB.

He said, “We are all in this together and we need to strategise and work together. Builders in the state need to partner with the agency towards the eradication of substandard construction materials, which have flooded the state. We assure you of our readiness to give you our full cooperation.

“A proper communication channel would be opened, where a list of identified buildings with defects will be shut down through the appropriate quarters, while members of the public, through the whistleblowing process, will serve as informants and alert the agency on the existence of substandard structural construction, so that they will act appropriately.”

Elulade solicited the presence of NIOB in the forthcoming stakeholders’ conference to be organised by the agency on April 8, 2021.

On his part, the incoming National President of the NIOB, Mr Lucky Isiname, congratulated the Elulade on his appointment and expressed the institute’s desire to collaborate with the agency.

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