The Lagos State Government says it is ready to work with professional builders to forstall incidents of building collapse in the state.

It added that the government would partner the builders under the aegis of the Lagos State Bricklayers Association in the areas of concrete casting, soil texture and soil testing to ensure high quality building constructions.

The acting General Manager, Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory, Rasheed Teslim-Balogun, according to a statement on Tuesday, spoke during a meeting with the representatives of the association at Alausa, Ikeja.

Teslim-Balogun, who said bricklayers were a vital part of the construction industry, added that there was the need to work with the association to curb quack practices.

He stated that the agency would organise a stakeholders’ forum soon to discuss issues bordering on professionalism and strategies for tackling the incidence of building collapse.

He said, “LSMTL will partner the Lagos State Bricklayers Association to ensure compliance with concrete casting, ascertaining the texture of soil on which buildings would be erected and other testings, as may be prescribed by the agency. There are ongoing awareness campaigns by the agency that construction works should not be handled by quacks but by professionals alone.

“The agency will also organise a stakeholders’ forum very soon where issues bordering on professionalism and strategies for tackling the incidence of building collapse will be discussed.”

The President, Lagos State Bricklayers Association, Mr. Abel Kayode, said the partnership would assist in addressing the problem of impersonation in the profession.

Kayode urged LSMTL officials to always demand the association’s identification cards from bricklayers on worksite in order to minimise the activities of quacks.

“Bricklayers are always at the receiving end whenever the incidents of building collapse occur across the globe. Members of our association were never involved in any of the buildings that collapsed in the state because most of the people handling such jobs were from neighbouring countries,” he added.

The Head of Project, LSMTL, Mr. Adeoye Adesola, enjoined the builders to always wait for the outcome of material test before embarking on contruction. He added that the result of the test should be carefully studied.

“It is wise to pay N200,000 to get a guide for a building project of over N15m and avert the likelihood of such a building being fined for contravening prescribed building requirements,” Adesola added.