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Lafarge training bricklayers, others to raise safety standards, end building collapse

Leading cement solutions providers, Lafarge Africa Plc., has explained the reason behind the recent training of 100 bricklayers and technicians in Sagamu, saying its part of the campaign to improve the quality of block moulding and raise safety standards in housing development.

Explaining more on the training, the Technical Services Manager at Lafarge, Bukola Adebisi said “It’s a move to ensure that construction workers and artisans keep up with best practices and techniques. This training is intended to form a good synergy between the association of bricklayers and Lafarge Africa Plc because they (bricklayers) are involved in over 95 per cent of buildings in the informal sector in Nigeria.”

She noted that most individual home builders in the country rely on bricklayers for their construction needs, hence Lafarge’s commitment to constantly upgrade the knowledge of artisans as well as their safety standards.

Lafarge disclosed that a comprehensive research on building collapse from the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) showed that poor quality building materials and incompetent workers were responsible for deficient buildings, adding that since 2013, thousands of block moulders and bricklayers across the country had taken part in similar training, which Lafarge pioneered in response to the spate of building collapse.

In his remarks on behalf of his members, the Chairman of the Association of Bricklayers, Abdullah Saheed, thanked Lafarge for the training and empowerment and pledged that bricklayers under his watch would continue to use the right quality and quantity of building materials for their building activities.