On the 25th of July, 2017 a 4-storey building in Lagos Island collapsed into a rubble within a few minutes.

An estimated 10 people were pulled from the rubble dead with many others sustaining several degrees of injuries.

Before then, there had been several instances of building collapse within the city.

But Lagos is not alone, there had been cases in Anambra, Imo, Ogun and across the country.

But a cement manufacturing company, Lafarge Africa is partnering with civil engineers to address this problem.

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Larfage is partnering with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN for the research and development of a book (manual) that will teach builders how to mix concrete to avoid building collapse.

It is going to be Nigeria’s first concrete mix design manual.

Other partners include: the Nigeria Road and Building Research Institute, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and the University of Uyo.

The Director of Marketing, Lafarge Africa Plc, Vipul Agrawal, believes the manual would help in building durable structures.

“We commend COREN for ensuring that Nigeria now has a credible well researched concrete mix design manual to be used for concrete work in buildings and infrastructure projects in the country.

“We call on all those involved in the manufacturing and use of concrete for infrastructure development in Nigeria to use the manual to make quality concrete in building durable structures.”

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