Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 April 2013

Nigeria: SON, BCPG to Set Up Task Force On Building Collapse

The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has expressed its desire to collaborate with the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) in setting up a task force aimed at preventing building collapse and eradicating substandard building materials in Nigeria.

The Director General, SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu made this disclosure during a courtesy visit of BCPG to the organization's office in Lagos on Wednesday.

Odumodu said the spate of building collapse has necessitated that his organization which is in charge of standard regulation and BCPG collaborate to find a lasting solution to the menace.

He said, "You are aware that currently SON is not actively involved in how products are coming into the country so these products are bound to be in Nigeria. The challenge we have is that even if those products are here, nobody uses them and I think that is where your group must bring your experience and expertise to bear. If someone brings in substandard door locks for instance and nobody buys them, he is not going to bring more.

"We must set up a special team within SON to be focused only on building materials and to become our own liaison with groups like yours. When buildings collapse people die, people lose money and of course there are professional issues involved.

"We need to ensure that our team and your team have a task force so that we can define the basis of a memorandum of understanding and collaboration and then we can take this further."

National President of BCPG, Mr. Kunle Awobodu had earlier mentioned the need for SON to rejuvenate its internal mechanism and create a department that is solely focused on monitoring the standards of building materials.

"The preponderance of building collapse requires voluntary efforts at finding lasting solutions. Expecting the government to solve such a huge problem alone while practitioners in the construction industry fold their arms is unacceptable," he said.

He added that the federal government should provide SON with sufficient resources to realize this goal.

By Mustapha Suleiman

The Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has expressed its desire to collaborate with the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) in setting up a task force aimed at preventing building collapse and eradicating substandard building materials in Nigeria.

The Director General, SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu made this disclosure during a courtesy visit of BCPG to the organization's office in Lagos on Wednesday.

Odumodu said the spate of building collapse has necessitated that his organization which is in charge of standard regulation and BCPG collaborate to find a lasting solution to the menace.

He said, "You are aware that currently SON is not actively involved in how products are coming into the country so these products are bound to be in Nigeria. The challenge we have is that even if those products are here, nobody uses them and I think that is where your group must bring your experience and expertise to bear. If someone brings in substandard door locks for instance and nobody buys them, he is not going to bring more.

"We must set up a special team within SON to be focused only on building materials and to become our own liaison with groups like yours. When buildings collapse people die, people lose money and of course there are professional issues involved.

"We need to ensure that our team and your team have a task force so that we can define the basis of a memorandum of understanding and collaboration and then we can take this further."

National President of BCPG, Mr. Kunle Awobodu had earlier mentioned the need for SON to rejuvenate its internal mechanism and create a department that is solely focused on monitoring the standards of building materials.

"The preponderance of building collapse requires voluntary efforts at finding lasting solutions. Expecting the government to solve such a huge problem alone while practitioners in the construction industry fold their arms is unacceptable," he said.

He added that the federal government should provide SON with sufficient resources to realize this goal.

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