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Engineers Canvass Use of Expanded Polystyrene Construction Method

To improve structural integrity of buildings, the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Lagos Chapter, has urged professionals in the industry to utilise the Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) construction method for durability of buildings and increasing the process of housing delivery.EPS is an innovative building material that lends to the design and structural integrity of many building projects. Overtime, EPS has been recognised as a mainstream insulation material.

However, recently new applications have rapidly developed making the innovation a powerful design element and an ideal choice for green building design, offering tangible environmental advantages that can maximize energy efficiency, providing improved indoor environmental quality and enhancing durability.

The chapter chairman, Mrs. Lola Adetona, stated this during the Institution’s industrial visit to Monumental Works Limited in Lagos. Adetona maintained that the visit was to enhance the skills and capacities of the engineers, through acquaintance with the latest trends of construction methodologies.

According to her, the use of EPS, which was introduced in the construction industry in Nigeria about three years ago, has been relatively low.She said: “We recommend the new EPS construction method because of its adaptation to the country’s climatic environment and adoption in most developed and developing countries.

“The institution has deemed it fit that civil engineers should acquaint themselves with it as an alternative to the sand and cement blocks. We need to change the old construction method and embrace the latest construction technique using the EPS, which is world best practice in housing construction”.

On his part, the company’s Managing Director, Olufemi Ogundare, said that the EPS, could be used to build more affordable houses at lower cost and reduce housing deficit in the country.According to him, the innovation could save over 60 per cent of the cost of construction, compared to sand and cement blocks. He disclosed that EPS has speedy execution such that construction of buildings can be completed within seven days.

He said, “The material can be deployed in every housing development and environment, particularly earthquake-prone areas. It is strong and gives more security; unlike the sand and cement blocks, which can easily be pierced by bullet. Its lightweight, meaning that it does not exert heavy pressure on the foundation that may cause a collapse.

Major applications of EPS include, insulated panel systems for use in floors, walls and roofs of domestic as well as commercial buildings. EPS is also well proven in civil engineering applications where its inherent strength means it can support structures such as roadways and railways with complete ease.

Source:  guardianng

Report Substandard Construction, BCPG tells Lagos Residents

The President, Building Collapse Prevention Guild, Mr Akinola George, has appealed to Lagos residents to report substandard building constructions to regulatory agencies.

George said such report should be made to the Lagos State Building Control Agency for appropriate action.

He said the report could also be made to the BCPG, saying that the guild was collaborating with LASBCA to find lasting solutions to construction failures.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, he said it had become important for residents never to ignore substandard constructions or misconducts noticed in their neighbourhoods.

“If you suspect there is an issue in a building which you can’t see, contact an expert to come around to inspect the property. The motive is to avert building collapse, save lives and the environment. Residents have vital roles to play in curbing building collapse; they are in a better position to detect early illegal and substandard constructions,” he said.

He added that it was sad that some residents failed to report illegal or substandard constructions which they noticed.

George said that such an attitude was not in the interest of the society.

He claimed that many developers had decided to construct buildings at night, weekends and public holidays when regulatory authorities might not be watching.

He added that unauthorised and hasty constructions could cause construction failure.

He said, “LASBCA and other building regulatory authorities alone cannot properly monitor to detect when buildings are defective or when illegal constructions are going on without the support of residents.

“It is the residents that are in a better position to detect substandard constructions within their areas, irrespective of the time they are carried out. A substandard building is not just a house that is old or outdated. It is a building that constitutes a high risk to the health and physical well-being of its occupants, neighbours and visitors.”

George said substandard building conditions most frequently included holes, cracks, peeling paint, leaking roofs and broken basic systems.

Source: punchng

COREN Begins Enforcement of New Law on Building Collapse

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has said it will soon commence the enforcement of a new act that empowers the body to end the increasing rate of building collapse in the country.

The President of COREN, Engr. Ali Alimasuya Rabiu, disclosed this recently in Auchi, Kogi State, at the second annual “Engineer Kashim Ali Distinguished Lecture Series” titled: “Agricultural Mechanisation and Food Production for Youth Empowerment: Engineering Sustainable Development.”

Daily Trust reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier in the year assented to the Engineers Registration Amendment Act (2019) to address the menace of building collapse and other cases of engineering failure in the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang, who had announced the new law, said the act also established COREN; with far-reaching powers of prosecution of infraction, regulating industrial training of engineers and capacity building of local content in the engineering industry.

The new law grants COREN the power to prosecute “any person or firm that contravenes the provisions of this act in a court of competent jurisdiction; regulate industrial training schemes among engineering practitioners and students,’’ Enang said.

Reports shows that over 30 people have so far died while over 80 sustained injuries from more than a dozen building collapse incidents across the country since January, 2019, with one of the latest incidents being the collapse of a two-storey building at 30 Ososa Street, Bariga, Lagos, that left four persons injured.

Buildings have continued to collapse despite measures by both the federal and state governments over the years to check the ugly trend. Speaking on the act, Engr. Rabiu said COREN had recorded many successes due to the instrumentality of the new law.

He said, “We are worried about building collapse in the country, but government has given us a new law that empowers us to create more departments for engineering regulation and monitoring.

This will give us a leeway to be more effective in monitoring engineering projects. “99 pe rcent of investigation we have carried out on building collapse in the country shows that our engineers were not involved; that is the truth of the matter.” The COREN chief said to stem the tide of building collapse, the law had empowered the council to prosecute those who were responsible: whether engineers or not, adding that before now, the law only empowered them to prosecute engineers who were on COREN’s register as members.

He said lack of government patronising Nigerian engineers and their products as identified by speakers during the lecture had been a challenge to the development of the engineering profession in Nigeria. “Nigerian engineers are good outside the shores of the country due to enabling environment. If our engineers are given the enabling environment, they will proffer solutions to our challenges,” Rabiu said, and added that, “Nigerian engineers are up to the task if allowed to prove their mettle.”

Source:  Dailytrust

BREAKING: Flood Sweeps Away FCT High Court Finance Director

A heavy flood has swept away the Director of Finance, Federal Capital Territory High Court, Mr. Tony Okecheme.
Okecheme was on his way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in his official 2017 Toyota Camry when his car got stuck in the flood at Galadimawa roundabout, Abuja.

The finance director was swept away by the raging flood, but his driver, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, was rescued by some young boys in the area.

The driver was said to have been taken to Asokoro hospital, but his boss was yet to be located as of the time of filing this report.
Eyewitnesses said the National Emergency Management Agency officials who came to the scene failed to rescue Okecheme and his driver who were reportedly trapped in the flood for about an hour before the water swept away the director.
His car, which was filled with mud water, was, however, pulled out of the ravines by the rescuers, who were angry over NEMA’s failure to rescue the man.

Two young girls who claimed to be Okecheme’s children were seen weeping uncontrollably at the scene of the incident.
An FCT judiciary worker, who did not give his name, identified the car as belonging to Okecheme, noting that the man sent him N40,000 this (Friday) morning.

“I phoned him yesterday that I was broke and he promised to send me money before he travels today.
“I got N40,000 from him this morning,” he explained, as he showed our Correspondent the text message from the director.

The FCT Police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, promised to find out the incident, saying he had not been briefed.

Source: punchng

FULL LIST of Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen of 69 Senate Committees

Chairmen and Vice chairmen of the 69 Senate committees as announced by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

1. Agriculture – Abdullahi Adamu, Bima Enagi.

2. Airforce – Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Michael Nnachi.

3. Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes – Suleiman Kwari, Aliyu Wamakko

. 4. Appropriation – Barau Jibrin, Stella Oduah.

5. Army – Ali Ndume, Abba Moro.

6. Aviation – Dino Melaye, Bala Na’Allah.

7. Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions – Uba Sani, Orji Uzor Kalu.

8. Capital Market – Ibikunle Amosun, Binos Yero 9. Communications – Oluremi Tinubu, Ibrahim Bomai.

10. Corporation and Integration in Africa and NEPAD – Chimaroke Nnamani, Yusuf Yusuf.

11. Culture and Tourism – Rochas Okorocha, Ignatius Longjohn.

12. Customs, Excise and Tarrifs – Francis Alimekhena, Francis Fardausi.

13. Defence – Aliyu Wamakko, Istifanus Gyang.

14. Diaspora and NGOs – Bashiru Ajibola, Ibrahim Oloriegbe.

15. Downstream Petroleum Sector – Sabo Mohammed, Philip Aduda.

16.Drugs and Narcotics – Hezekaiah Dimka, Chimaroke Nnamani.

17. Ecology Climate Change – Mohammad Gusau, Olubunmi Adetunmbi.

18. Education (Basic and Secondary) – Ibrahim Geidam, Akon Eyakenyi

19. Employment, Labour and Productivity – Ben Umajumogwu, Kabiru Barkiya.

20. Environment – Ike Ekweremadu, Ibrahim Hadejia.

21. Establishment and Public Service – Ibrahim Shekarau, Barinadas Mpigi.

22. Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions – Patrick Akinyelure, Ahmed Babba-Kaita.

23. FCT – Abubakar Kyari, Tolu Odebiyi.

24.Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs – Danjuma Laah, Yahaya Gumau.

25. FERMA – Gershom Bassey, Kabir Barkiya.

26. Finance – Adeola Olamilekan, Isa Jibrin.

27. Foreign Affairs – Mohammed Bulkachuwa, Ignatius Longjohn. 28. Gas Resources – James Manager, Biobaraku Wangagra.

29. Health (Secondary and Tertiary) – Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Betty Apiafi.

30. Housing – Sam Egwu, Lola Ashiru.

31. ICT and Cybercrime – Yakubu Useni, Abdulfatai Buhari.

32. INEC – Kabiru Gaya, Sahabi Ya’u. 33. Industries – Adebayo Osinowo.

34. Information and National Communication – Danladi Sankara, Aishatu Ahmed.

35. Interior -Kashim Shettima, Diri Douye. 36. Interparliamentary Affairs – Godiya Akwashiki, Abba Moro.

37. Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters – Michael Bamidele, Emmanuel Oker-Jev.

38. Land Transport – Abdulfatai Buhari, Nicholas Tofowomo.

39. Legislative Compliance – Oriolowo Adeyemi, Sabi Abdullahi.

40. Local Content – Teslim Folarin, Sabi Abdullahi.

41. Local and Foreign Debts – Clifford Ordia, Bima Enagi.

42. Marine Transport – Danjuma Goje, Adebayo Osinowo.

43. Media and Public Affairs – Adedayo Adeyeye, Akwashiki Godiya.

44. National Identity and National Population – Sa’idu Alkali, Suleiman Kwari.

45. National Planning – Olubunmi Adetunmbi, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

46. National Security and Intelligence – Abdullahi Gobir, Chukwuka Utazi.

47. Navy – George Sekibo, Elisha Abbo.

48. Niger Delta – Peter Nwabaoshi, Bulus Amos.

49. Petroleum Upstream – Albert Akpan, Ifeanyi Ubah.

50. Police affairs – Dauda Jika, Abubakar Tambuwal.

51. Poverty Alleviation and Social Investment Program – Lawal Gumau, Michael Nnachi.

52. Power -Gabriel Suswam, Enyinnaya Abaribe.

53. Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases – Chuwkuka Utazi, Sadiq Umar.

54. Privatisation – Theodore Orji, Oriolowo Adeyemi.

55. Public Accounts – Mathew Urghohide, Ibrahim Hassan.

56. Public Procurement – Shuaibu Lau, Lola Ashiru.

57. Rules and business – Sadiq Umar, Yahaya Abdullahi.

58. Science and Technology – Uche Ekwunife, Robert Boroffice.

59. Senate Services – Sani Musa, Lawal Hassan.

60. Solid Minerals, Mine, Steel Development and Metallurgy – Tanko Almakura, Oriolowo Adeyeye.

61. Sports and Social Development – Joseph Garba 62. State and Local Government – Lekan Mustapha, Francis Onyewuchi.

63. Special duties – Yusuf Yusuf, Biobaraku Wangagra.

64. SDGs – Aisha Dahiru, Lekan Mustapha

65. Tertiary Institution and TETFUND – Ahmed Baba Kaita, Sandy Onor.

66. Trade and Investment – Rose Oko Francis Fadahunsi.

67. Water Resources – Bello Mandiya, Christopher Ekpeyong.

68. Women Affairs and Youth Development – Betty Apiafi, Aishatu Dahiru. 69. Works – Adamu Aliero, Emmanuel Bwacha.

Source: dailytrust

Three Siblings, Landlord, others Escape Death in Lagos Collapsed Building

Three siblings, Taiwo, Kehinde and Idowu Yakubu, escaped death by a whisker when a two-storey building collapsed at No. 30 Osasa Avenue, Bariga, Lagos, on Sunday.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the 10-year-old twins, Taiwo and Kehinde, and their seven-year-old brother, Idowu, were playing the Ludo game with their friend on the balcony of the building, when it partially collapsed around 9.30pm.

The siblings, who fell from the second floor of the building, were rescued from the rubble, while about 30 other tenants were displaced.

It was gathered that the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Lagos State Ambulance Service and the Nigeria Red Cross were on the ground to coordinate the rescue operation.

While some residents claimed that the collapse was as a result of vibration from the earthmover used for road construction, which had weakened the foundation of the building, others maintained that it was as a result of the weak state of the house.

A resident of the area, Collins Akuebuka, said, “When the incident happened, I was one of the first set of people to arrive at the scene. We rescued three children. Other tenants were not injured, but the landlord had been sick before the incident and he was immediately rushed to the general hospital.

“We realised that the pillars supporting the structure were weak; the pillar of the part of the building that collapsed was removed and it had not been replaced. The children were playing on the balcony in the affected area and that was why they were injured.

“I am sure the building must have shown signs of distress before it eventually collapsed but the landlord decided to ignore it. We implore the government to come and assess houses in the area and do the needful by addressing the issue of incessant building collapse.”

Another resident, Folake Williams, said if the government did not intervene speedily, more houses in the area would collapse.

She stated, “The vibration from the earthmoving equipment used in the ongoing road construction is weakening the foundation of many houses in this area. It has also obstructed the free flow of water such that the houses now experience flooding; if the government does not intervene speedily, other houses may be affected.”

The father of the siblings, Oluwagbemiga, said he had to take his children to a private hospital nearby after they were allegedly rejected by the Gbagada General Hospital.

He called on the government to come to his aid as his family was stranded.

Oluwagbemiga said, “I live on the second floor of the building with my family and I have three children. On Sunday night, I met my wife’s absence when I returned from work and the children were in the room. When there was power outage, I told them to go and play on the balcony.

“They were playing Ludo game when the portion of the building they were on collapsed and they fell from the second floor. It was the neighbours and the government agencies that helped me to bring them out of the rubble.

“We immediately rushed them to the Gbagada General Hospital, but they said there was no space; so, we had to bring them back to a nearby hospital, where they are currently receiving treatment. The government should please help us, because we are now stranded. The building has been barricaded.”

The Public Relations Officer, LASEMA, Mr Kehinde Adebayo, said the agency got a distress call through the emergency toll-free line, adding that four children were rescued.

He said, “The agency got the distress call around 9.30pm through the emergency toll-free line, 767/112, on Sunday, July 29, 2019. On arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a two-storey building had partially collapsed, injuring four children, two girls (twins) and a boy of the same parents, and another boy suffered bruises.

“Further investigation revealed that the building had some cracks on the section that collapsed. The landlord, Pa Ayilara, who initially refused all entreaties to be moved out, was later taken to the Gbagada General Hospital for treatment. The building was cordoned off after all the residents had been evacuated by the emergency responders.”

When the Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Titilayo Ajirotutu, was contacted, she said an integrity test would be conducted on the building to determine if it would be demolished.

She stated, “It was a partial collapse but we have cordoned off the area and there are no casualties. A non-destructive integrity test will be conducted and once the result is out, it will determine if the house will be demolished or repaired.

“Buildings in that area are old and we have asked all the house owners in the Osasa and Odunsin areas of Bariga to go for the non-destructive integrity test to check the state of the buildings, which they have not done.”

Source: punchng

Exhibitors Commence Construction of Stands and Booths for 13th AIHS

Exhibitors have kick-started construction of stands and booths at the International Conference Center, Abuja for showcasing of products and innovations at the 13th Abuja International Housing Show starting on Tuesday.

The show which is the largest Housing And Construction Expo in Africa is schedule to hold from 23rd – 26th July 2019.

In keeping with standards and procedures, exhibitors are mandated by the organizers to commence construction works on time to ensure absolute readiness by Tuesday when over 30, 000 participants will convene for Africa’s largest conference, networking and exhibition event in Africa.




The opening ceremony will be led by Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo alongside the Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives, past and present Governors, Ministers, Members of National Assembly, CEOs and all leading organizations in housing and construction.

By Kesiena Omamogho

BREAKING: Four dead as building collapses in Delta

At least four persons were feared dead with an unspecified number of persons still suspected to be trapped under a building that collapsed this morning in Abraka, Ethiope East council area of Delta state.

The building, a yet-to-be completed structure, identified as the new 206 Hotel, is located along Aghwana Avenue in Abraka. It was gathered that the owner of the building had taken to his heels.

Although the cause of the cause of the incident could not be immediately ascertained, it was gathered that it had been raining in Abraka since Friday evening. It was also gathered that the casualties caught under the structure when it crashed were some of construction workers who arrived early for work.

“The new 206 Hotel under construction at Aghwana Avenue, Abraka , this morning collapsed after today’s heavy downpour. Four construction workers who had arrived early for the day’s job were  trapped and later confirmed dead. Rescue efforts are still ongoing to see there are others trapped to be rescued.

From what I gathered, the building fell between 5:30am and 6:00am and it could have been because of the heavy rains since yesterday. It is still under construction so any other reason could have still been responsible for the accident”, the source, a resident of Abraka, who gave his name as O’tega said.

When reached for confirmation and details, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Onome Onowakpoyeya, said there had been a building collapse, but said that the police command had not been informed of any death record.

“It is true there has been a building, a hotel still under construction. We have no record of death because from what we know for now, it is still under construction,” she said.

Source: thenationonlineng

Dangote makes about N20.13bn from cement sales every day

Nigerian business magnate, Aliko Dangote, makes about N20.13 billion from cement sales every day. This is according to the Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement Plc, Joseph Makoju, who disclosed that the cement company sells not less than 8 million bags of cement products to the market daily.

Majoku said the company, which is ranked among 10 top producers of cement in the world, on a daily basis, dispatches “about 40,000 tonnes of cement. Every ton is 20 bags. If you calculate, you will get eight million bags. So, we push out eight million bags of Dangote Cement every day.”

Nairametrics understands that since the company sells 8 million bags of cement every day, and sells 600 bags for N1,510,000, no fewer than N20.13 billion would be recorded as cement sales for Dangote every day.

Performance: Dangote Cement Plc appears to be at its best for 2018 fiscal period, as the Chairman of the company was quoted to have said last year was the most successful period in the company’s history. This, however, explains the 52.4% increment of the dividend declared by the company.

Specifically, Dangote cited the 7.4% leap in the group cement sales as the principal factor that informed increase in the proposed dividend. The group cement sales rose to 23.5 million tonnes with a corresponding rise in revenue to N901.2 billion.

The company has consistently declared dividends since it became a quoted company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange with N2, N2.25, N1.25, N3, N7, N6, N8, N8.50, and N10.50 declared for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 financial years.

About Dangote Cement Plc: The company is a leading cement manufacturing firm headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria with operations in nine other African countries.

The business model entails manufacturing, preparation, import, packaging, and distribution of cement and other related products. It is reputed to be the most capitalised company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Dangote Cement Plc traded N170 in the last trading session of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

Source: Nairametrics

BREAKING: 60 escape death as hotel collapses in Ebonyi

More than 60 persons have escaped death in Abakaliki , the Ebonyi State as a wing of popular Metro View Hotel collapsed.

The hotel, which is located close to Presco Campus of Ebonyi State University Abakaliki in the heart of the city, collapsed on Wednesday evening around 7pm.

Following the collapse, the Abakaliki Capital Territory Development Authority sealed the 26 rooms hotel on Thursday Morning.

Special Assistant(SA) to Governor David Umahi on Capital Territory, Ejem Okoro led the team that sealed the hotel.

He said the Hotel would remain sealed pending investigation by the government.

The hotel, it was gathered was commissioned on the 28th May 2005 by former governor Martin Elechi .

A member of the hotel management, Autsine Orji , who spoke to journalists on behalf of the Company said they had noticed a crack on some of the pillars holding the building and they immediately cordoned off the side of building and started renovations, adding that it was on the process of the renovation that the building collapsed.

Orji said those who lodged in the hotel were outside the building for a seminar when the incident happened, stressing that no life was lost.

The Hotel was completed and opened in May 2005.

Source: thenationonlineng

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