Nigerian govt commends Dangote Cement for self-sufficiency feat

Dangote cement [Photo credit: The East African]
Dangote cement [Photo credit: The East African]

The Federal Government has officially confirmed that Nigeria has attained self-sufficiency in the production of cement and is now an exporter of the commodity, ascribing the feat to Dangote Cement which spearheaded the “backward integration policy” introduced by the government.

The Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi, who led a government team to the Dangote Cement plants in Ibese, Ogun State, at the weekend, said the government was happy with the leadership role played by Dangote Cement in executing the backward integration policy in the cement industry.

The Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement, Onne Van der Weijde, had last month, while presenting the company’s financial results, declared that the company had commenced exportation of cement to Nigeria’s neighbouring countries.

He said: “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. We will increase our exports substantially in 2017.”

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.

The Minister said: “As you all know, as the Federal government moves to diversify the economy away from oil, two areas the government is focusing on are agriculture and solid minerals, this is why we are embarking on tour of mining operations across the country to know the challenges they face and what could be done to tackle those challenges.

“What Dangote is doing is marvelous. We need to commend them. The way they led the backward integration policy to turn around our fortunes in the cement industry. I am delighted to see the development here bigger than what I saw the last time. And we are looking at how we can replicate the successes in the cement industry in other non-oil sectors of our economy.”

Mr. Fayemi said besides the mining operations, the government was also trying to see how the big plants were deployed in an environmentally-friendly manner.

“We need to collaborate and partner in these areas at this time that government is trying to reduce the dependence on oil. We need to turn around our mineral resources just as what obtained in cement sector,” the minister said. “When you look at the our solid mineral industry, there is a wide gap between what we can produce and what is consumed, importation in these sector is huge.”

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 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, made a presentation on the Ibese plants, how it was expanded from two lines of six million metric tons per annum to four lines and can now produce 12 million metric tons per annum.

Dangote Cement is Africa’s leading cement producer with nearly 46Mta( million metric tons per annum) 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).


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  • thusspokez

    Nigerian govt commends Dangote Cement for self-sufficiency feat

    I am not has impressed by Dangote as many (ignorant) Nigerians might be. No one business in Nigeria as received the level of assistance and support that Dangote has received from various Nigerian federal and state government.

    Nigeria is 56 years old and yet it can only boast of one cement exporter? Thanks to Nigerian governments, many Dangote businesses operate as monopolies in many areas — there are very few local competitors, let alone foreign ones.

    And yet with all the government supports to Dangote in the past three decades, the Dangote business empire is nowhere near the size, revenue, assets, fame and world-wide as (say) Samsung.

    • Abdussalami Muhammad

      Black stomach, period.

    • Troy

      Go and build your own business and contribute to our country instead of beefing Dangote!

  • egbe igwe

    since dangote is now one of the largest producers of cement in the world, it does not need government protection anymore. It should be able to compete on equal terms with his fellow cement producers worldwide. Government should lift the ban on cement importation so that the poor Nigerian consumer can have choice and value for money.
    Nobody should tell me anything about Nigerian infrastructure being poor as any large cement producer has to produce his own power. You can not build a 13.25Mta cement plant and hope to run it on public infrastructure or power.
    Dangote should be able to compete on price in Nigeria and beat the price of any foreign producer considering that the poor Nigerian Masses funded the expansion by way of paying inflated prices for cement over the years to allow our “brother” build “his” plants..

    we can only beat our chest and say that we have got were we need to be in terms of cement production, if Nigerian companies can produce the product and sell without the need for the government to keep the price of cement artificially high for them.
    the government has settled Dangote by allowing him to fix the price of cement in Nigeria for close to 19 years. it is now time for the government to settle the masses by allowing them buy cement at international prices which can only be possible if competition is allowed in the industry by lifting the ban on cement.