SON offers technical support to unravel the collapse of the Ikoyi building

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The Director General of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, offered his condolences to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the people of Lagos State for the unfortunate collapse of a skyscraper in Ikoyi and the resulting loss of life.

In a statement, Salim described the incident as preventable and one collapse too many, praising the Lagos State government for setting up a commission of inquiry to elucidate the root cause of the collapse and offered the technical support of his organization given his mandate and the abundance of expertise in such an investigation.

Salim pointed out that Article 5 (1) b of SON Law No. 14 of 2015 instructs the organization to “undertake an investigation if necessary into the quality of the facilities, systems, services, materials and products. whether imported or manufactured in Nigeria “.

He also highlighted Article 5 (2) of the law which states that “for the purposes of uniformity of standards in Nigeria, all regulatory agencies or organizations dealing with matters relating to or related to standards shall do so in collaboration with SOUND. “

He cited Part IX (48) of the Miscellaneous Provisions of the SON Act as “in all public procurement, where compliance with standards is a requirement, no payment for the performance of such a contract will be made unless compliance with relevant standards has not been verified by the Nigerian Standards Organization.

According to him, SON officials went to the site to begin the investigation by taking samples of iron bars, concrete mix, among others, for laboratory tests and analysis.

Salim advocated strong consequences for all standards violations, stressing the need to promote voluntary compliance in Nigeria as in other parts of the world.

SON DG, also sympathizes with the families of the dead and injured and called on all Nigerians, especially the authorities responsible for approvals and regulations, to make adherence to approved standards the watchword in the exercise of their functions.

Salim said SON needs the continued support and collaboration of all Nigerians, other agencies and professional organizations to fulfill its mandate to the nation.


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