The Lagos State Government has set up an additional Material Testing Laboratory Satellite office at Okokomaiko as part of its ongoing moves to curb the menace of building collapses in the state.
Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, stated this at the 2nd Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory Stakeholders conference on Thursday in Lagos.
The conference was themed, “Socio-Economic Impact of Building and Civil Infrastructure Collapse in Mega Cities.”
Sanwo-Olu, represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, implored stakeholders in the construction industry to ensure voluntary compliance.
The governor underscored the need to adhere to existing rules, regulations and guidelines, including proper testing of construction materials from project conception, through implementation to completion.
Highlighting some of the efforts to reposition the agency, Sanwo-Olu said the government had procured specialised testing equipment and more operational vehicles to improve the agency’s reach.
According to the governor, the satellite office would be operational before the end of the third quarter of the year.
“In addition, approval has been granted for the engagement of both technical and non-technical consultants, to facilitate the operations of the agency in the areas of carrying out non-destructive tests and serving of test notices across the state.
“We have taken this step as a proactive approach to the identification of distressed buildings for quick and appropriate intervention,” he said.
The governor also reiterated his administration’s commitment towards ensuring that the incidents of avoidable building collapse and the resultant loss of lives became a thing of the past.
On his part, General Manager, Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory, Mr Olufunsho Elulade, while delivering his address of welcome, said the agency would spare no efforts in ensuring quality standards to avoid building and civil engineering infrastructure collapses.
to him, the agency had excelled in carrying out soil testing.and evaluation, concrete, steel, chemical, calibration, including non-destructive tests and geotechnics.
The Secretary to the committee panel on Collapse Building in Lagos State, Mr Ekundayo Onajobi, called on the regulatory agencies and industry stakeholders to launch a campaign and sensitisation exercise against all forms of quackery in the sector.