Based on this approval which was granted by the Minister, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, all cement manufactured locally or imported must meet the approved standards.
The new standard for cement which has now been fully approved by the federal government and would soon be vigorously enforced after a short grace period to enable all manufacturers in the country comply is tagged: ‘NlS 444-1’, which automatically becomes the new composition and conformity criteria for cement in the country.
THISDAY gathered that following the new order, the information on application of the product are as follows: The highest grade, CEM I 52.5R and 52.5N, which could be simply referred to as the 52.5 cement grade, would now be used for the construction of bridges.
The second highest grade which is the CEM II 42.5R, 42.5N or simply called the 42.5 grade, has been ruled to be used for casting of columns, beams, slabs and for block moulding.
The last cement grade referred to as CEM I & II 32.5R, 32.5N or simply called the 32.5 cement grade would henceforth be used only for plastering of buildings.
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