Lafarge Africa Plc has become a key partner of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) in the research and development of Nigeria’s first Concrete Mix Design Manual. By this partnership, Lafarge becomes the only cement and concrete manufacturer that contributed to the development of the manual which was launched on Tuesday in Abuja.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Director of Marketing at Lafarge Africa Plc, Mr. Vipul Agrawal commended the partnership which will change the building and infrastructure landscape in the country
“We commend COREN for ensuring that Nigeria now has a credible, well researched Concrete Mix Design Manual to be used for concrete works in buildings and infrastructure projects in the country”.
Agrawal seized the opportunity to sound a note of caution to stakeholders in the industry to adopt the new model so the era of substandard structures will be a thing of the past.
“We call on all those involved in the manufacturing and use concrete for infrastructure development in Nigeria to use the manual to make quality concrete in building durable structures.”
On his part, the President of COREN Engr. Kashim Ali said: “I am glad that Nigeria now has its own Concrete Manual based on local environmental conditions and raw materials and does not have to depend on reference manuals of other countries.” Ali stated that the manual will be constantly upgraded in line with improvements in building technology. The manual, he further noted, is a result of exhaustive research and testing with concrete materials in different parts of the country.
The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa state, retired Rear Admiral John Jonah said the development was a big plus for engineering practice in Nigeria.