A researcher and construction expert, Dr. Akinsola Olufemi, has advocated the inclusion of lime in aggregates to achieve the construction of durable houses that can last for centuries in the country.
Olufemi, Director of Applied Research and Technological Innovation (ARTI), Yaba College of Science and Technology (Yabatech), who recently launched the call in Lagos, said that a recent research on colonial buildings in Lagos and in Nigeria found that lime included in cement and other aggregates was responsible for their resilient quality and durability.
He said the research was carried out by the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) in collaboration with Yabatech and other experts, adding that lime was currently produced and available in large commercial quantities in Nigeria, but construction professionals building and the public were unaware of its significance. to achieve sustainable construction.
He listed buildings constructed by colonial masters in the 18th and 19th centuries still standing in parts of Nigeria.
The expert said that the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Hippodrome and other pre-independence and independence buildings in Lagos State are still sound.
He urged NIOB members to spearhead the campaign to popularize the use of lime by getting their customers to use the mineral.
Olufemi, who is President of the Nigerian Academy of Facilities Management, and also National Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Builders in Maintenance and Facility Management, listed the importance of using quality building materials at every stage. construction.
He also advised professionals to insist on using baked-on color roofs instead of those hand-painted by fake building material dealers.
Olufemi advised the Lagos State Government to embark on bulk importation and
buy to bring down the cost of construction and get affordable mass housing.
Also speaking, Mr. Saheed Omotosho, who was representing Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s Special Adviser for Housing, Ms. Toke Benson, highlighted the state government’s efforts to collaborate with environmental professionals built to provide quality affordable housing in the state.
He said that the Governor, at the last Lagos State Property Market Conference and Expo, promised developers in the state 50 hectares of land for housing construction, as part of efforts to reduce the state’s housing deficit.