Building Collapse: LASG Calls For Voluntary Testing Of Construction Materials

Building Collapse: LASG Calls For Voluntary Testing Of Construction Materials

Lagos State Government has called for voluntary testing of building materials meant for construction, in a quest to proffer a lasting solution to building collapse in different parts of the State.

The Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSTML) made this call directly to individuals and organisations embarking on any construction work, saying that the agency should be notified so as to ensure certification of building materials.

The newly appointed General Manager of the Agency, Dr. Tajudeen Afolabi said this on Monday during a Press briefing held at the headquarters of the Agency at Ojodu-Berger, Lagos.

He urged owners of existing structures to approach the agency for the integrity tests of their buildings in order to ascertain the livability or otherwise of the structures in the interest of all residents of the State.

He said, “their is a need to have all building materials tested and certified by the agency before embarking on the building project, I implore all stakeholders in the built industry as well as land developers to cooperate with LSMTL, in order to achieve a safe environment in Lagos.

Dr. Afolabi revealed to newsmen that the Agency’s plan to embark on an awareness campaign, to enlighten stakeholders and guide the public from running foul of the existing law, on materials testing and related matters.

He made it known to resident of Lagos state that a committee has been set up to monitor activities of officers going around Lagos State for inspection of existing buildings and property under construction.

The General Manager disclosed that in carrying out materials testing, stakeholders in the built industry are required to bring the samples of their building materials for testing to ascertain their suitability and standard, stressing that the outcome of such tests are difficult to compromise.

He, therefore, enjoined the citizenry to assist the agency with necessary information on suspected buildings or construction sites by calling this telephone number – 08023156132.



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