23 November 2012

Nigeria: Building Collapse - Ogun to Establish Laboratories

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Lagos building collapse

Abeokuta — As part of efforts to check building collapse in Ogun State, the newly created Ministry of Physical Planning said yesterday that laboratories would be established to test construction materials.

Ogun State Commissioner of Physical Planning, Adebayo Fari, who said this at a news conference in Abeokuta, said there is a need to tackle cases of building collapse in the country.

"The ministry will establish a laboratory for testing of materials. It will include testing of soil, concrete mixing among others," he said.

The commissioner added that the new ministry will also embark on massive verification of building documents, including federal, state agencies and religious houses.

He said the new ministry is poised to confront the challenges of physical development across the state.

Fari further stated that embargo has been placed on construction of filling stations in the state, adding, "Those with genuine papers will be reconsidered, but we have directed that embargo should be placed on the construction of filling stations for now."

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