The Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s national steel task force has sealed 13 steel units across the country over failure to meet standard requirements, chairman of the task force Enebi Onucheyo said.
The companies, located in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Abia and Edo states, remained shut between November 2019-January 2020 following a nationwide market surveillance.
The steel product samples collected from the market and the units of these thirteen companies during the surveillance failed to meet requirements for diametre and mass per metre, as stipulated by the Nigeria Industrial Standard (NIS 117:2004), crucial parameters in the standard reinforcement bars for concrete.
Also, an unregistered identification mark “GE”, was discovered in one of the products sampled from few companies.
The surveillance is undertaken each year by the government to ensure quality steel production in the country.