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Eurocodes 'should prompt review of Nigerian building standards'

31 January 2011

Posted by Michelle Devonshire

With the launch of Eurocodes replacing British standards as the guidelines for civil and construction engineers, calls have been issued for Nigeria to examine its provisions.

According to the former chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers, Shola Sanni, a comprehensive review is needed of the Nigerian National Building Code, the Daily Trust reports.

He stated in a recent lecture that "the code was riddled with various kinds of errors and inconsistencies", although he stressed it is a good starting point to develop local standards.

A statement from the Nigerian Society of Engineers pointed out that Mr Sanni declared it was more important than ever as British engineers switch to Eurocodes and support for British standards is removed.

Released in 2006, Mr Sanni wants structural engineers in Nigeria to assist in reviewing and developing a new code.

Eurocodes are a series of ten standards in 58 parts which provide common design criteria and methods for the construction and civil engineers, replacing British Standards from March 31st 2010.

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