…commends Dangote for feat
The Federal Government on Monday officially confirmed that Nigeria has attained self-sufficiency in the production of cement, attributing the feat to Dangote Cement, which spearheaded the backward integration policy introduced by the government.
This was contained in a statement released by the company and circulated by Africa Press Organization (APO). Minister for solid minerals development, Kayode Fayemi, who led a government team to the Dangote Cement plants in Ibese, Ogun State at the weekend the government is happy with the leadership roles played by Dangote Cement in executing the backward integration policy in the cement industry.
It would be recalled that the group managing director of Dangote Cement, Onne Van der Weijde, had last month while presenting the financial results of the company for 2016, declared that the company had commenced export of cement to neighbouring countries.
“We exported nearly 0.4Mt into neighbouring countries and in doing so, we achieved a great milestone by transforming Nigeria into a net exporter of cement. This is a remarkable achievement, given that only five years ago, in 2011, Nigeria was one of the world’s largest importers, buying 5.1Mt of foreign cement at huge expense to our balance of payments, and we will increase our exports substantially in 2017,” he said.
Dangote Cement is Africa’s leading cement with nearly 46Mta capacity across Africa, a fully integrated quarry-to-customer producer with production capacity of 29.25Mta in Nigeria.
Its Obajana plant in Kogi state, Nigeria, is the largest in Africa with 13.25Mta of capacity across four lines.
The Ibese plant in Ogun State has four cement lines with a combined installed capacity of 12Mta. The Gboko plant in Benue state has 4Mta. The company plans to build new factories in Ogun State (3-6Mta) and Edo State (6.0Mta).
In addition, it has invested several billion dollars to build manufacturing plants and import/grinding terminals across Africa. Our operations are in Cameroon (1.5Mta clinker grinding), Congo (1.5Mta), Ghana (1.0Mta import), Ethiopia (2.5Mta), Senegal (1.5Mta), Sierra Leone (0.7Mta import), South Africa (3.3Mta), Tanzania (3.0Mta), and Zambia (1.5Mta).
Meanwhile, the Minister said it is a success story that Nigeria which few years ago imported over 60 per cent of her cement needs now can produce to meet local demands and still export to other nations.
Fayemi said besides the mining operations, government was also trying to see how the big plants are being in an environmentally friendly manner as observed in Dangote Cement.
Earlier while welcoming the Minister and his delegation, the Honourary Adviser to the President of Dangote Group, Joseph Makoju, explained that Dangote Cement operates the largest cement mining operations across the country.
He explained that Dangote cement also operates the largest coal mining to generate power as alternative to gas since the supply of gas has been plagued with incessant disruptions.
He added that over 50 per cent of power need of the cement plants are generated from coal.
The Ibese plant director, Amando Martines, while making a presentation on the Ibese plants, explained how it was expanded from two lines of 6 million metric tons per annum to four lines and can now produce 12 million metric tons per annum.