BUA Cement and International Training Fund (ITF) have partnered to boost manpower development aimed at boosting productivity in workplaces and also, addressing building failure in the construction industry.
Skill gap in the country has proven disastrous for the country and the construction industry is one of the worst hit with incessant building failure that has led to several loss of lives and properties across the nation. The partnership according to both parties, would enhance local capacities while also ensuring Return on Investment (RoI) for investors in the country.
This they said, would have direct impact on the nation’s economy, stressing that the productive workforce in the country is critical for achieving inclusive growth for all.
BUA however stated that the value chain in human capacity development is broken and needs to be geared for improved productivity.
A cement workshop training organized by BUA to address the spate of building collapse in Nigeria with the theme: “Optimizing Cement Usage to Achieve better quality and yield of block making”was a perfect opportunity for both parties to address the issue of building collapse in the country. The workshop is to properly train stakeholders on the proper mix and application of cement with other construction materials.
The move, however, was imperative to address the incessant cases of building failure in the country while also tapping into the opportunities that abound in skill training and capacity building.
Earlier, Area Manager, Lekki Industrial Training Fund, Engr Usman Muhammed Sanni, said the collaboration between ITF and BUA is for publicity and quality expression, adding that the best option for industries, companies and organization in the manufacturing and industrial sector is to increase training in manpower development and skill training which he said was one of the major aspirations of ITF.
As he explained, ITF, has network coverage, training centres and area offices across the country with 48years experience in skills and capacity building.
“We have the widest coverage in the country and the more we reach our clients, the more we showcase our professionalism, expertise and creativity. However, our collaboration with BUA cement is another avenue to reach our clients and enrich the workforce to be productive and efficient. Therefore, the whole aim of training, collaboration and manpower development is to boost the capacity and productivity of the workforce with profit optimization and resource utilization,” he said.
In their remarks, stakeholders in BUA Cement said the collaboration with ITF and SON has helped in the capacity development programmes of building technicians and block makers, adding that over 500 building technicians and block makers have been trained with the latest training conducted in Ilorin and Lagos this week. Meanwhile, Samuel Daniel the Deputy Chairman of the Ogbomoso Block Industry said, “BUA Cement dries fast and it is stronger because when the blocks are molded today, the next day the blocks are already dried and strong. Also when you are loading the blocks in the truck, it is the same amount of blocks molded that will be there. None will be broken or shattered.”
This is also as the General Manager sales BUA Cement (OBU) Mr. Nasiru Ladan, expressed gratitude to users for their continued patronage of BUA Cement and berated the wrong application of cement and other construction materials in bid to reduce cost and maximize profits, thereby producing substandard infrastructure within the country.
According to Ladan, “We will continue to intensify education, awareness and training of end users on the correct usage of the cement mixes in collaboration with relevant standard and regulatory bodies in the country. So what we are doing here today is simple. BUA Cement has consistently made it its responsibility to educate stakeholders in building and construction business sector about the proper mix and application of cement with other materials. We believe that standard building of high-quality is possible only if the mix of the cement with other materials is appropriate.”
The National Head, Civil/Building Cement, SON, Engr. Ugbaja Joseph said, BUA has met all the regulatory requirements of the SON by conforming to the Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS).
He said BUA has fulfilled all the requirement of SON through product quality and conformity to industrial srandards, adding that BUA has the NIS MANCAP logo and other consensus document.