BY PROVIDENCE OBUH
More prospective architects and steel structural engineers in Nigeria have adopted welded steel pipes for its cost saving benefits in construction projects in the country. The Managing Director of Nigeria Gas and Steel Ltd (NGSL), Hasib Moukarim revealed this in a press statement made available to news men in Lagos.
Moukarim said that in the past one year, contractors who executed contracts for airport terminals, warehouses, churches, petrol stations, schools, shopping complex, bus-stops and bill boards used the heavy duty steel welded pipes manufactured locally by NGSL to fabricate the roofing and structural engineering aspects of the contracts.
According to him, “gradually, the local steel structural contractors and fabricators have recognized the superior quality of pipes produced by Nigeria Gas and Steel Ltd. They have realized all the products of thick steel pipes of different sizes such as 5”, 6”, and 8” pipes made from 4mm to 10mm steel and different shapes as round, square and rectangular.”
He noted that these products can favourably complete the fabrication jobs they had in hand instead of depending on the imported beams and sections which are costlier and heavier, adding that the fabricators have won more contracts because the contractors solicited for the durable and quality pipes.
“The steel pipes have higher strength to weight ratio than other steel products and has excellent compression support characteristics due to its lighter weight compared to beams,” he said, explaining that pipes are recommended world wide for use as structural elements in building and other structures.
However, Nigeria Gas and Steel Limited started as a family owned business half a century ago in Kano. It was pioneered by the children of the late Mr. Faiz Moukarim. The company was then incorporated under the name Moukarim Metalwood Factory Limited in 1959.
It began operations with the production of furniture and allied metal products providing a major portion of the market in Northern Nigeria with quality furniture. To strategically position the company to meet the challenges of the 70’s, the owners decided to diversify into the production of intermediate raw materials for the furniture industry by setting up, in Ikeja, Lagos, Mouka Foam in 1972, then Nigeria Gas Products Limited (Mouka Pipe) in 1976 (name was changed to Nigeria Gas and Steel Ltd. in 2007).