Prof. Oyihi Oloche, a lecturer with the University of Abuja, has called on the Federal Government to check importation of substandard steel materials into the country.
Oloche, a material engineer with the University, made the call on Thursday in Abuja, while delivering the 37th inaugural lecture of the institution.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the lecture was: “Iron ore: a potential source of steel and fertiliser for sustainable development’’.
Oloche explained that one of the major causes of building collapse in the country was substandard steel materials and as such, required urgent intervention by the government.
“If we can eliminate the poor quality of products from our market, things will be better,” he said.
The Don also urged government to support and encourage industries to produce globally accepted standard materials if the sector was to be developed.
He also called for the deregulation of the sector to encourage private sector participation.
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