Concerned about the high incidence of building collapse which has become a regular feature of Nigeria’s built environment, Growth and Employment in States (GEMS 2) has introduced a new concrete-mixing machine in the property market.
The machine, known as Concrete D, is a new technology that automatically mixes concrete, producing a concrete solution that is much stronger that what is currently in use in most construction sites.
GEMS 2 is a DFID intervention in the construction and real estate sector in Nigeria, and according to a release signed by Lekan Lawal, a consultant to the company, the introduction of this machine into Nigerian property market is in fulfilment to GEMS 2’s primary mandate,
He explained that part of the mandate is to improve the construction sector through income growth and overall empowerment of workers and artisans.
“CONCRETE MD, manufactured by Cart-Away Concrete Systems, an American corporation, is a mobile self-sustained machine that uses fuel, automated mixture barrel, measurement dashboard and other components which reduce human variation to a large extent thereby providing better assurance of accuracy, consistency and quality output”, Lawal explained.
According to him, the features contained in the machine enable it to be moved from site to site conveniently, adding that it does not depend on PHCN even as it alleviates considerably the problem of frequent building collapse in Nigeria.
He quotes Scott Crist, the Training Instructor from Cart-Away Concrete Systems, as saying that the technology was inspired from the statistics revealed following the Haiti natural disaster which claimed over 250,000 lives.
“It was revealed that the high rate of casualties was more as a result of weak construction input in which concrete block was a major constituent. This fear is even more prevalent in Nigeria as there is hardly a month that a case of building collapse is not recorded, often with fatalities”, Crist lamented.