The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) says a new revised standard for cement production in Nigeria had been released.
The Director-General of the SON, Mr Osita Anthony Aboloma, made this known during a partnership facility tour of the Dangote Cement Plant, Obajana, Kogi State by top officials of the organization from the Northern parts of the country.
According to him, the revised standard for cement NIS 444-1:2018, has been approved by the Standard Council of Nigeria and is ready for implementation.
Recall that The Technical Committee headed by Joseph Odigure, of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) at the University of Lagos, and Professor Garuba Abu as Vice Chairman was set up by SON six months ago to review the Nigeria Industrial Standards -NIS 444- 1: 2014 cement standard.
Osita Aboloma, Director-General, SON, said “The exercise is imperative as standards can be reviewed after five years or at any time at the instance of the stakeholders or if found inadequate due to changes in technology, test methods and government policies.”
“The new standard will help to monitor the quality of cement in Nigeria as well as checkmate the menace of the incessant collapse of buildings and concrete structures as a result of poor cement quality and application.”
“Cement standard is no doubt a very important one, as about 80 percent or more of the buildings and other infrastructural development of any nation, and indeed Nigeria is carried out with the use of cement.
“Cement is a binder for all the components of the building and its poor application in the construction has been blamed for failures and collapse in the building and construction industry.”