The Lagos State Government has insisted that all block moulding industries across the State must comply with the existing standard for their operations, saying that the industry remains a critical partner in its vision zero for building collapse.
The General Manager of LSMTL, Engineer Olalekan Ajani stated this while speaking at the annual conference of National Association of Block Moulders of Nigeria (NABMON) held recently at the Dangote Cement Plant, Ibese Ogun State, stressing that the State Government is ready to partner with the Association to sanitise the industry.
He said the State Government was poised to ensure total sanity in all construction works and had been working assiduously towards actualising its vision of zero tolerance to building and civil engineering infrastructure collapse in partnership with all the relevant stakeholders.
The General Manager urged the block manufacturers not to compromise standards but conform to specifications already given by Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), assuring that LSMTL will continue to monitor and enforce the standards stipulated by the various regulatory bodies.
Ajani further emphasised the need for all members of the Association to ensure that the blocks manufactured are tested and certified by the Agency, noting that government and the Association alongside other stakeholders have critical roles to play getting rid of quacks in the block moulding industry and averting building collapse.
The National President of NABMON, Mr. Rashidi Adebowale, speaking at the event, also appealed to the members to comport themselves as an indivisible entity under the Association, urging them to comply with the quality assurance standards of Materials Testing Laboratories in their respective States.