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INFLATION: Builders replace iron rods with bamboo in Nigeria

INFLATION: Builders replace iron rods with bamboo in Nigeria

Nigerians have begun to use bamboos in place of irons to cast pillars and decking of building constructions, due to high costs of building materials.

While many Nigerians whose buildings are under construction are abandoning them, waiting for prices of materials to go down, most frustrated ones are selling off their uncompleted properties to interested buyers.

But others have decided to invent conventional means by replacing iron rods with bamboo.

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Reports say home construction engineers in Nigeria now use bamboo, laced with construction wires to cast decking and pillars of buildings.

Usually, for such buildings, Iron rods are used in these areas to create rigidity and firmness.

Bamboo, a woody plant with hollow stems, is in the grass family. It is always used for scaffolding in tall buildings replacing steel irons merged together with screws.

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According to Mr. Andrew Asaga, a building engineer, 12mm, 16mm, 20mm, 25mm, 10mm, or 8mm iron rods are recommended for building apartments depending on the strength of the material and the designs specified.

He added: “Bamboo can also do the job of an iron rods to an extent. Some persons now use only bamboo for the pillars. Some mix bamboo with iron rods for the decking to save cost. Others now use only bamboo for decking.

“An iron rod costs between N10,000 to N30,000 depending on the size. This was twice the price it was sold for last year. Few weeks ago, a client who wanted to build a bungalow asked that I use bamboo mixed with iron rods to build the pillars because the cost of iron rods has increased. He wanted me to construct 8 pillars for the building and would need four 12 mm iron rods for a pillar. A ton of 12mm (93 pieces) is now over N1.3 million.”

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Mr. Atanaza Godbless, an engineer said: “Building developers are no longer making profits in the business. This is because the cost of building materials are increasing daily. When you make a quotation for clients today and they respond next week, you get to the market and discover that the prices of the materials you quoted have increased tremendously.

The strong bonds between concrete and the iron rods ensure stronger constructions as external forces cannot easily break these bonds and the concrete will not slip away from these rods as they are tied together during construction.

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