SON raises concern over sub-standard steel materials
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), on Tuesday, raised the alarm that over 95 per cent of steel and iron materials in the Nigerian market were sub-standard.
The Director-General of SON, Farouk Salam, raised the alarm in Asaba, Delta State, during a stakeholders’ meeting with industry players in the south-south and southeast zones.
Salam said from a recent sampling carried out on products across the markets, only very few companies came out with good products, leaving the majority as grossly sub-standard.
“I do not know the exact figure but I know that the majority of steel out there are sub-standard. When we sampled, only a very few companies came out with good products,” he told newsmen.
Asked if fake steel materials were responsible for incessant building collapse in the country, Salam noted that unless a collapse incident is properly investigated, the cause could not be determined.
He said building collapse could be as a result of one or a combination of factors, including the quantity and quality of cement used, quality of steel and the quality of workmanship.
Salam, therefore, advised manufacturers to form a union to have a platform to partner with SON for standard compliance enforcement.
He warned manufacturers, distributors and dealers to comply with the standard, saying that in the next three months, SON would commence enforcement.
He added that anyone dealing with sub-standard steel materials would be charged to court.
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