BUA Cement, one of Nigeria’s major cement manufacturers, is revving up its fight against building collapse in the country by getting major actors in the building trade such as technicians and block makers through a training programme designed to make them understand the right cement mix for building work.
Cases of building collapsing have been rampant in recent years and no part of the country has been spared on the scourge. But in a series of what it terms technical capacity development programme, BUA Cement is continuing to gather building technicians and block makers across the country in collaboration with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to take them through its cement usage workshops.
The latest of this effort took place in Lagos and Ilorin this week and more than 500 have been trained, the company said in a statement made available to business a.m.
The one-day workshop tagged “Optimizing Cement Usage to Achieve Better Quality and Yields in Block-Making,” according to the company was designed to offer standard practices to the stakeholders to address the series of building collapse in the country.
Nasiru Ladan, general manager, sales, BUA (Obu) Cement, addressing the stakeholders attending the workshop, thanked them for their continued patronage of BUA cement, which he described as “The King of Strength”. He condemned the wrong application of cement and other construction materials in the bid to reduce cost and maximize profits, which has led to the production of substandard infrastructure in the country.
“We will continue to intensify education, awareness and training of end users on the correct use of the cement mixes in collaboration with relevant standard and regulatory bodies,” he said.
He added: “BUA Cement has consistently made it its responsibility to educate stakeholders in the building and block making industry on the proper mix and application of cement with other materials. We believe that standard building of high-quality is possible only if the mix of the cement with other materials is appropriate.
“Cement quality is of primary importance to the ultimate consumers who are builders, concrete and block makers. This is where the BUA Cement brand is different from others because it is of 42.5 and 52.5 texture grade. This is the highest quality texture, which mixes and dries easily. BUA Cement is certified in fineness, setting time, soundness and strength. These are the value of the cement and requirements in the mix with other construction materials such as sand, granite,” Ladan further explained.
Samuel Daniel, deputy chairman, Ogbomoso Block Industry, expressing excitement at the training and commenting on the cement in use said, “BUA Cement dries fast and it is stronger because when the blocks are molded today, the next day the blocks are already dried and strong. Also when you are loading the blocks in the truck, it is the same amount of blocks molded that will be there. None will be broken or shattered”.
Supporting Samuel’s claim, Famuagun Caleb from Ado-Ekiti, said, “I want to testify that BUA Cement is super. Since I have been using the product, and in over two years of using it without error, I want to testify that BUA Cement is strong. I have used BUA Cement, come rain, sun shine and I can tell you that BUA Cement is the best”.