The cement manufacturing giant, Lafarge Africa Plc has partnered the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) for the commencement of its building community dialogue series in the country.
The dialogue series, Nigerian NewsDirect gathered is expected to bridge the missing link between the manufacturer and end users by engaging professionals in the built environment.
The Chairman, NIOB Lagos Chapter, Mrs. Adenike Said, expressed that artisans and developers needed to have the right information, which the professionals must provide.
According to her, “We can’t give what we don’t have. People need to get value for the investment they make in construction. We are looking at transforming Nigeria’s building and construction industry; this is the first dialogue between Lafarge and the NIOB, and I believe it is a good cooperation between both entities.
“There has always been a missing link in construction, which is the interaction between the professionals and other stakeholders. Lafarge is doing a lot but it is not known to everybody; this kind of information can pass through professionals to end users who they interact with.” She added.
She noted that the challenge of building collapse can be addressed through builders bridging the innovation gap between the manufacturer and end users of building materials.
“We deal with the clients every time; we build for them in the production process, so we can bridge the innovation gap between the manufacturer and end users, especially now that we are having cases of building collapse,” she said.
Said added that to transform the building and construction sector, there must be partnership between relevant stakeholders.
The Marketing Director, Lafarge Africa, Mr. Vipul Agrawal, said the company aimed to do more than produce cement and aggregates, adding that there was a need for knowledge sharing in the construction industry.
He said, “We see ourselves as a partner in the built environment and not just as a manufacturer. When you build a house, you need to have the right plan, the right structural design and we have to work together, good materials is not enough. As Lafarge, we are going beyond the supply of cement and aggregates.
“We want our clients to be healthy and safe, and there is nobody better to partner than the NIOB; our objectives with theirs are one and the same. People have identified us as a genuine participant in the building process. Nobody has exclusive reserve of knowledge, so we have to think beyond what we are doing,” Agrawal said.