R-L: Mr. Mathias Bassey (Head Marketing SON) , State Coordinator Lagos State office II Mallam Saidu Yakubu Mariga Delivering Welcome address on behalf of the DG at the just concluded sensitization program with NABMON

In the wake of the recent and incessant building collapses in the country, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON)  Lagos State II Office organised a sensitization programme with the National Association of Block Moulders of Nigeria (NABMON) at Ogba laboratory complex to educate and enlighten stakeholders on the need comply with standards.

The Director-General Mallam Farouk Salim represented by the coordinator, Lagos state office II Mallam Saidu Yakubu Mariga, appreciated all for honouring the invitation, stating it is within the mandate of SON to regulate and enforce standards of both products and services in the country, in this particular case the need to produce quality sandcrete blocks to the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS 978: 2017) to prevent building collapse in the country.

The SON helmsman lamented that recent events initiated the urgent need to sensitize stakeholders in the block moulding  sector on the need to produce quality sand-crete blocks in accordance with the requirements of Nigeria Industrial Standards (NIS) to forestall the frequent cases of building collapse in Nigeria as blocks are one of the major inputs in building and construction industry.

Engr Joseph Ugbaja Head of Product Registration, in his paper presentation, highlighted the benefits of Standards by explaining the need to use quality materials and imbibe international best practices in the manufacturing of  blocks with components such as good water, sand, cement, accuracy in measurements, water absorption levels and compressive strength are very essential to the block making process.

He also emphasized the need for all stakeholders to have the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Program (MANCAP) certificate of their products as this would increase competitiveness, proper identification, economic growth, and make it difficult for unscrupulous elements to clone or fake their products.

Engr. Tunde George an  Assistant Chief Standard Engineer SON (ACSE) in his presentation appealed to all stakeholders as to the proper processes to test the quality and durability of Block moulded.

NABMON president, Prince Segun Banjoko appreciated SON for the programme and assured the hosts of regulated entry of members into the sector and strict compliance to the required standards.

Banjoko equally solicited for SON’s support in the area of enforcement to rid quack in the sector and adequate representation when reviewing Standards for Sandcrete Block for their input.

The meeting had in attendance The state coordinator Lagos office II Mallam Saidu Yakubu Mariga, Engr Joseph Ugbaja Head Product Registration as well as the NABMON president, Prince Segun Banjoko and top members of his team.

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