Lafarge emphasises safer structures

06 November 2015

The GM, Independent Power Projects, Lafarge Holcin, Lanre Opakunle, has called for collaboration among stakeholders, professional bodies, especially the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Institute of Quantity Surveyors, to support the Build Safe, Live Safe campaign.

He made this known at a media briefing to emphasise the need to engage professional structural and civil engineers in construction. The ‘Build Safe campaign’ was created to reduce the incidence of collapsed buildings in Nigeria.

According to the Director Ready Mix Operations, Lafarge Africa Plc, Fred Amobi, most building collapses occur as a result of poor concrete mixes.

He said until people mix concrete in proper proportions, it might be difficult to curtail the menace. He said with the Lafarge Build Safe, Live Safe campaign, stakeholders are expected work together to overcome unwholesome practices in the sector.

Amobi, therefore, urged professionals to opt for readymix concrete which is both affordable and durable, rather than allowing building contractors to endanger them by trying to economise on building materials. This could save millions of home owners from calamity, and make construction works more profitable for building professionals.

Amobi said Lafarge interacts with all actors in the construction chain and makes a net positive contribution to society through sustainable developments which is part of the company’s DNA.

A property consultant with TELL Communications Ltd, Boye Ajayi, urged Nigerians consult professionals and challenged Lafarge to continuously sensitise the public.

Amobi assured that Lafarge Africa will strive to create more value for customers and end-users by providing them with the highest quality products and solutions.

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