The General Manager, Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL), Engr. Olufunsho Elulade, has charged stakeholders in the entire construction industry on professionalism and quality control, just as he declared that the Agency is totally committed to quality assurance and will not tolerate buildings that cannot stand the test of time.
Engr. Elulade, who made the call at the inaugural stakeholders’ conference held at the Shell Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, with the theme “Construction, Material Quality Control and Assurance in Lagos State”, stressed that the core value of the LSTML is to ensure and sustain zero tolerance for building and civil engineering construction collapse across the State.
The General Manager averred that, in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the present administration under the leadership of Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu, LSMTL has the mandate of guaranteeing quality control and ensuring the quality of civil engineering construction materials through testing and enforcement activities.
He said, “The main objective of our regulatory work is to test the quality of materials used for building and civil engineering constructions in all Local Government and Local Council Development Areas of the State considering the fact that the Agency has presence in the five Administrative Divisions of Lagos.
While appealing for the cooperation of all stakeholders, through visits to the Agency for the testing of all materials to be utilised for construction works on sites across the State, Engr. Elulade hinted that the current strategy adopted by the LSTML is aimed at eradicating quackery, double standards and sharp practices within the building construction industry.
On his part, the Director, Centre for International and Advanced Studies, Professor Anthony Kila, appreciated the Lagos State government, stakeholders and operators in the construction industry for working together to avoid any form of reoccurrence of building collapse in the State, noting that if after the event, there is need to still talk about collapsed buildings, it is an assault on everyone present at the stakeholders’ engagement.
The event, which also witnessed the unveiling of a new logo by LSMTL, had in attendance the State Commissioner for The Environment and Water and Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, represented by Permanent Secretary, Drainage and Water Resources, Mr. Olalekan Sodehinde; General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Engr. Gbolahan Oki and General Manager, Lagos State Infrastructure and Asset Management Agency (LASIAMA), Ms. Nike Adekanbi, among others.