By MICHAEL EBOH
Major cement manufacturers, yesterday, agreed to withdraw substandard and expired cement from markets across the country with immediate effect.
The manufacturers, comprising BUA, Ibeto and Dangote Cement, who rose from a meeting in Lagos, promised to align with the position of the House of Representatives on the proper cement grade.
According to the manufacturers, the 42.5mpa cement grade should be the minimum standard of quality that should be produced in the country.
They maintained that they had been producing the quality cement grade, and nursed no intention to produce lower quality cement, long before the quality review by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, which pegged the 42.5 grade as being for general purpose use.
Speaking on the issue, Chairman, Bua Cement, Mr. Abdulsamad Rabiu said the decision of the legislators is patriotic and should be supported by all manufacturers with the safety and well being of the people at heart.
Also speaking, Group Managing Director, Dangote Cement, Devakumar Edwin, said the company is poised to give all necessary support to government and its agencies to succeed in the bid to stem the spate of building collapse through production of quality cement that can stand the test of time.
Reacting in the same vein, Ibeto Cement said it saw no reason for the controversies trailing SON’s grading because it is the duty of the regulatory organisation to constantly review standards to meet prevailing needs which is what happened in the case of cement.