The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has sensitised block moulders and artisans nationwide to adhere strictly to quality and shun acts that could compromise the standard of their products. They also learned how to detect fake or adulterated cement.
Against the background of constant building collapse across the country, SON says block moulders occupy a strategic position in the building industry and therefore should make quality their watchword.
The SON gave the advice in Port Harcourt, Rivers State during a recent sensitisation workshop organised by Dangote Cement Plc in collaboration with the regulatory organisation for the block moulders and other artisans from Bayelsa and Rivers states.
Speaking during a presentation at the workshop, SON’s Asst. State Director, Engr. Lillian Gua emphasised the need for the artisans to know the right mixes in the production of blocks so that they would be able to achieve the expected quality.
The SON boss took the participants through the work of her organisation and how products are certified as being standard, while citing Dangote cement as an example of a certified product whose quality has been tested and found to be accurate.
Mr. Adeiza Aniki, Technical Director, Dangote Cement Plc, explained that the sensitisation workshop was meant to update and refresh the block moulders and artisans’ recent events in the industry, as much as standard and quality are concerned.
According to him, Dangote Cement regards the workshop participants as a critical part of the cement value chain, and has thus made it a periodic exercise so that the company can also collect feedback from the market and keep pace with customer demands.