By Taiwo Okanlawon
Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory, LSMTL, has sealed off some block moulding factories, over failure to adjust to current requirements for his or her operations, and producing substandard merchandise within the state.
The block factories have been shut throughout an enforcement train of block moulders, website engineers, property builders in Baruwa/Ipaja Alimosho Local Government led by Director-General of LSMTL, Dr. Afolabi Abiodun Tajudeen on Wednesday, 4th, March 2020.
The company alongside some members of the National Association of Block Moulders of Nigeria (NABMON) went across the Local Government to take some product samples at varied block factories for laboratory take a look at to find out their energy, hearth resistance, water absorption amongst others.
According to Director-General, the essence of the train is to carry to the minimal degree of constructing collapse in Lagos State, because the block moulders stay important companions in its imaginative and prescient zero for constructing collapse within the state.
Tajudeen mentioned the State Government was posed to making sure complete sanity in all building works and has been working assiduously in direction of actualizing its imaginative and prescient of zero tolerance to constructing and civil engineering infrastructure collapse in state with the cooperation of all of the related stakeholders.
The General Manager urged the block moulders to not compromise customary however conform to specs already given by Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), including that the Agency, LSMTL is monitoring and implementing the stipulated requirements by the assorted regulating our bodies for max compliance.
“I’ve been holding conferences with stakeholders which have one or two issues to do in constructing and engineering building and their associations, I informed them, they’re de facto on the subject of constructing constructions, therefore, what they produce must be checkmated, to establish the energy of their merchandise if they’re utilizing proper supplies and the precise proportions when they’re mixing.
“The proportion of sand should be sharp sand, not sand from erosion, not sand packed from the gutter because we know some of them do it that way. We have also told them at our meetings that a cement mixed with the materials at the right proportions should not produce more than 25, at worst 30 blocks but in a case where cement is used to produce 45 or more blocks, we are saying no to that,” he said.
“We have decided to monitor the block moulders to the site and each block owner must always stamp their block, so if anything eventually happens, we can trace the block to the owner,” he added.
Speaking concerning the factories that have been sealed off, the Director-General mentioned the motion is to indicate that Lagos State Government has declared zero tolerance for block moulders factories and standardize the block making.
He mentioned, “If you might be mixing, a bag of cement shouldn’t provide you with something greater than 25 blocks however attending to this place, we found that what they’re producing with is way larger than the stipulated variety of blocks they need to produce. Secondly, they don’t have a stamp, which implies they’ve been supplying blocks which might be non-traceable. So, if something occurs, we can not know from which supply that blocks have been gotten.
“Their supply of water can also be questionable, we noticed them bringing water with buckets, it shouldn’t be so. It is both you could have a borehole or you could have direct entry to waterworks. We don’t need water from a gutter, stream and so forth as a result of these sources are receptors of many issues like chemical compounds that won’t let you get a great energy of what you need.
“They are quacks block moulders that have no references from us or the block moulders association. So this just to let everybody know that Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory is all out to standardize block making in the state because the era of quack is gone,” he added.
Speaking with pressmen, the National; President of (NABMON) Mr Rashidi Adebowale who mentioned he was proud of the train, added that the company’s actions will ship a robust message to all block moulding industries to adjust to necessities stipulated by the National Industrial Standards, NIS, below the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) as a approach of tackling the menace of constructing collapse.