LAFARGE Africa Plc has become one of the key partners of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) for the research and development of Nigeria’s first Concrete Mix Design Manual, making the company that contributed to the development of the manual which was launched in Abuja on Tuesday.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, the Director of Marketing at Lafarge Africa Plc Mr Vipul Agrawal said: “We commend COREN for ensuring that Nigeria now has a credible well researched Concrete Mix Design Manual to be used for Concrete Works in buildings and infrastructure projects in the country. We call on all those involved in the manufacturing and use concrete for infrastructure development in Nigeria to use the manual to make quality concrete in building durable structures.”
Lafarge is one of the stakeholders that COREN partnered with in the research and development of the manual, along with Nigeria Road & Building Research Institute, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, University of Uyo, among other institutions. The Lafarge Marketing Director
On his part, the President of COREN Engineer Kashim Ali said: “I am glad that Nigeria now has its own Concrete Manual based on local environmental conditions and raw materials and does not have to depend on reference manuals of other countries,” he added that the manual would be constantly upgraded in line with improvements in building technology.
The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, Retired Rear Admiral John Jonah said the development was a big plus for engineering practice in Nigeria
The Concrete Mix Design manual provides step by step guidelines on the selection and proportioning of concrete ingredients like cement, sand and aggregates, and then the mixing and placing of concrete. This manual is a result of exhaustive research and testing with concrete materials in different parts of the country.