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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has described the recent building collapse in Abuja as one too many, urging strict enforcement of guidelines, approvals, and building codes by all responsible authorities across the Country.

A statement from the Office of the Director General, Mallam Farouk Salim, described the incessant collapse of buildings as unacceptable given the danger to the lives of Nigerians.

Standards Organisation of Nigeria had recently constituted a National Standards and Quality Assurance Committee to review the Nigeria National Building Codes, sensitize artisans in the building sector and organise quarterly monitoring of building materials through its state offices across the Country.

SON Team headed by the SON FCT State Coordinator Mr. Ishaku Gamagira (middle) at the site of the building collapse.

It also set up a special task force saddled with the responsibility of enforcement and collaborations with manufacturers to ensure locally manufactured products meet the minimum requirements of the applicable Nigerian Industrial Standards.

The Organisation, according to Mallam Salim, is working in close collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service and sister regulatory and Security agencies at the Nation’s entry points to prevent the importation of substandard products with a special focus on those classified as life-threatening, among which building materials fall.

While commiserating with the Federal Capital Territory Authority, the families of those who may have lost their lives or been injured in the incident as well as the Nation in general, Mallam Salim stated that officials of SON had

visited the site to take samples of necessary materials for Laboratory tests and analysis to assist in investigating the root cause of the collapse.

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