The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is reaching out to stakeholders in the building and construction industry, as well as the public, to address the pressing issue of building failures, particularly collapses. They urge reporting of substandard materials or poor construction practices for swift action, emphasizing the safety of Nigerians as their top priority.
Over the last decade, SON has made substantial investments in building competence for nationwide quality testing. This includes providing crucial laboratory equipment, like mobile block testing machines, yielding positive results. Their aim is to ensure that all buildings in Nigeria are not only safe but also structurally sound, capable of withstanding various environmental conditions.
Former Director General Farouk Salim highlights the need for continuous improvement in regulatory strategies for the construction industry. He calls for close collaboration between all relevant agencies and organizations in the building sector to achieve uniform standards.
Salim stresses the importance of voluntary compliance to standards, advocating for stricter penalties for offenders and those complicit in building collapses. He notes a lack of accountability for contractors involved in collapsed buildings, a situation that needs rectifying.
Preventive measures include nationwide campaigns educating the public about the dangers of substandard materials, the significance of following building codes, and the necessity for regular inspections and maintenance. Additionally, SON conducts stakeholder-sensitization sessions and monitors sales outlets for building materials to ensure compliance with standards.
The organization also engages with manufacturers across the building industry, emphasizing the crucial role of adhering to established standards. With collective efforts and vigilance, SON aims to create a safer environment for all Nigerians.