By Jimoh Babatunde
The Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Mr Joseph Odumodu, yesterday said the organisation will not sit back and watch building collapse in the country with the use of substandard reinforcing bar in the construction industry.
He said henceforth there will be no sales of re-enforcement bars in the country without verification scaling which means that if a batch is normally supposed to weigh 40 tonnes, it must be weighed before it leaves the premises of the seller.
Speaking in Lagos yesterday, Odumodu said all re-enforcing bar products in Nigeria market must have identity marks and the diameter on the rips of the iron displayed within six months.
Odumodu said SON had always insisted that manufacturers of re-enforcement bars ensure they have the relevant equipments for chemicals and other tests, but regretted that when they thought they were making head way that they discovered manufacturers have stated cutting corners.
“This is where we are today, most of the re-enforcement bars in the markets are substandard and that is why we felt instead of using our normal process of removing them that it is also important to alert Nigerians, especially people within the building industry, construction, structural engineers and others involved in this business.”
Odumodu disclosed that most re-enforcing bar in the Nigerian markets today do not comply with diameter standard, length and carbon contents among others.