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Materials Association (B.M.A) in Agbor, headquarters of Ika South Local
Government Area of Delta State has taken a step addressing the reported cases of rampant collapse of
building across the country. Irked by
the breaking news of the untimely death of people who were victorious of collapsed buildings hitting the Nigerian air
waves and making new in the pages of newspapers, the Building Materials
Association in one of their crucial meetings at Baleke Street, Agbor banned the
sale of rebagged cement to customers with immediate effect.
However, in an
enlarged meeting of the union held on the 12th October, 2011 and
presided over by a big time dealer in building materials, Chief Julius Ekawukwu
Imudia, JP, the Onyewe and another prominent sole dealer in cement, Chief
Philip Igumbor lamented the frequent news of collapsed buildings across the
Chief Igumbor who
is the Osague of Agbor kingdom blamed the incidence of collapsed building not
only on faulty architectural design but on adulterated cement rebagged and substandard building materials used by some
dealers to the detriment of their customers.
remarked that a bag of cement which used to be 50kilogram is reduced to 36
kilograms when it is rebagged. He described the act as dubious and poses a
great danger to lives and properties as bricklayers who are not aware that they
are using rebagged cement mould the same number of blocks as they would do with
a normal 50kilogram cement bag.
The union seized
the opportunity to call on the attention of the general public to be vigilant
and report any person or persons found involved in such sordid business to the
nearest police station.