Francis Kadiri, Abuja
The Products Endorsement Committee (PEC) of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) says it endorsed West African Ceramics as a “strategy to combat the production and influx of substandard products into country’s building materials market,” saying that the measure will serve as guide to the public when they need make a choice of building materials.
Chairman, Products Endorsement Committee of NIOB, Bldr. Akinshola Olufemi who lamented that the production in Nigeria as well as influx of substandard building materials into Nigeria is also responsible for the spate of buildings collapse in the country said the institute will continue to identify outstanding building material products and present them to the country for use in the industry, saying it will reposition the sector.
Akinshola who spoke to our correspondent during the Investiture of newly elected Fellows of the Institute during which Royal Tiles was endorsed and unveiled by the Institute, in Abuja, said the institute has conducted due diligence on Royal Ceramics, consequent upon which he said it was endorsed.
According to him, “the endorsement of Royal Tiles will go a long way to stand-out genuine building materials from fake ones, and also strengthen the war being waged against fake products and buildings collapse by the Institute.”
According to the Chairman, NIS Certification is a precondition for NIOB endorsement.
“West African Ceramics had been certified by the Nigeria Industrial Standard (NIS). So NIOB logo stands alongside the logo of NIS.
“Building materials which do not have the marks of NIS and NIOB have not been certified by the regulators and may be substandard.
President of NIOB, Bldr. Tijanni who led dignitaries to unveil the product as a sign of endorsement by the institute said: “This is a critical time in the history of the institute when it must rise up to combat substandard building materials by presenting the ones which are tested and certified as fit-for-use in the building construction industry.
Chairman, Royal Ceramics, Lawal Idrisu commended the institute for its relentless war against substandard products saying it has led to loss of lives. He pledged the continued commitment of his organization to manufacturing of standard products.
“I am happy that you have come to know that West African Ceramic tiles are one of the best tiles you can get in the world today. West African Ceramics have come a long way over the past twenty years. In order to satisfy our quest for quality assurance, we relocated from Sueija, Niger State to Ajaokuta, Kogi state where we have abundant raw materials.