Dangote Tackles Collapse of Building Menace In Nigeria  

Worried by the spate of building collapse across the country, Dangote
Cement Plc and the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) have agreed
to partner to stem the menace.
The two organizations said they would launch investigations into the
incidence to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of weak
structures that eventually give way unexpectedly.
Speaking to newsmen at the just concluded 43rd Builders
Conference/Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abuja, Chairman of NIOB,
Builder Musa Yakubu, said the Dangote Group, a major sponsor of the
conference, has agreed as a strategic stakeholder in the building and
construction industry to partner in the development of a strong
building culture in Nigeria.
The effort, he said, will help tackle the phenomenon of collapsed
building in the country.
Said he; “We are very happy that the Dangote Cement is here because
they are very central to the industry. We are collaborating with
Dangote Cement in such a way that we can tap directly from them. As
end users, we want Dangote Cement to deal with us directly.
In his presentation during the Conference, Dangote Cement’s Regional
Manager Marketing Services, Johnson Olaniyi described the conference
with the theme: Transformation of the Building Industry: Possibilities
and Realities, as timely, given the ugly developments in the industry.
He said Dangote has simplified the system of cement distribution in
the country in order to make the product available and affordable.
According to him, the menace of collapsed building continues in the
country because ‘load bearing components are not properly used in
accordance with specification.’
He said a bag of cement should be mixed with not more than four wheel
barrows of sand.
Johnson said the incidence of building collapse is of serious concern
to Dangote Cement and that the company would always be ready to
partner like minds to reduce the occurrence.
According to him, Dangote Cement had begun a series of sensitization
campaign for block moulders and other sancrete sector players on the
need to arrest the growing incidence of building collapse across the
country, adding that such sensitization had taken place in Abuja,
Calabar, Lagos in association with standard Organization of Nigeria
He said: “Over the years, Dangote has been partnering with
stakeholders in the country on how best to make use of the product. We
have given out tools and various equipment to aid their operations.
Already, over 8,000 bricklayers have been trained and the retraining
process is on-going to enhance their capacity.
“The move would also help restore consumers’ confidence in the
company’s brand. The interest of the end-users is important to us and
we have decided to develop these initiatives to address the needs.

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