Building Collapse: SON to regulate Building Materials


THE Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, is to regulate weights and measurements of building materials in a bid to check incessant buildings collapse across the country.

Osita Aboloma, director general, SON, said some buildings collapsed because the measurements and weights of building materials used for it were not up to standard.

Aboloma, who stated this at a workshop in Abuja on the importance of metrology for quality assurance of products, services and industrial development, said sometimes builders’ under-use rods or blocks. “When you have the wrong measurement, things would go wrong. But when the measurements are accurate, you are sure of what you are doing,” he said.

The SON boss said architects, engineers and related professionals in the building environment, must ensure that the measurements given were what they used. “If the architect says you should use four-by-five windows, don’t go to a quack who will construct less than what the architect specified.

“The SON Act No.14 of 2015 covers all aspects of metrology to ensure the protection of business, safety, wealth and every other aspect of Nigerians’ lives,” he said.

– Apr. 19, 2019 @ 11:35 GMT |

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