Building collapse: FCDA adopts National Council recommendations on projects

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In a bid to check building collapse in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has adopted the approved recommendations by the National Council of Works on building projects in Abuja.

The authority approved the use of Canadian made Axion Tuffcrete Light Weight Concrete System in order to build sustainable buildings in Abuja.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive, Axion Africa Limited, Mr Okey Ezeh, who disclosed this recently, said the recommendations by the National Council of Works during its 21st summit held in Asaba, was signed by the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Abubakar Muhammad, and thereafter published in selected national dailies.

He explained that the choice of Axion products was the quality and its many benefits, stating that Axion products save time and money and could reduce materials and labour costs up to 4 per cent compared to using conventional application methods.

He said the council also approved the use of stabilizers and Bitumen booster, already being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Works as a means of improving the durability of road pavement as well as reducing cost of road construction in the country.

It also directed ministries in charge of roads to collaborate with universities and research centres towards utilisation of research findings, as well as to consciously refer to the office of the Surveyor General of the Federation and State Surveyor Generals for pertinent data, being the repository for such data.

 Ezeh explained further that the product was cost effective and with just N500, a square meter of plaster screeding can be achieved.

He said, “Axion products are environmentally friendly, organic liquid formulations with over 20 years product performance warranty.

“Axion product gives you two things in plaster-screeding at same time. Axion product is the only product that can give you lightweight concrete when you use it. (1500 cum*3 concrete as against 2400 cum*3 concrete in conventional)

“Axion product gives you total dry wall without dampness. It enhances cement and bitumen in asphalt to withstand any temperature thereby, prevent cracking and melting of bitumen.

“In soil compaction, it makes the base soil rigid and hard thereby no failure of the soil base which is the most critical area in road construction.”

He added that the claims have also been affirmed by the Nigeria Institute of Engineers and Nigerian Army Engineers culminating into awards given the company recently.

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