Stakeholders in the building industry have commended the President/CEO of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote over his investments in building a new cement plant at Ibese in Ogun State.
The professionals who were on a working tour of the new Dangote Cement plant, Ibese, described Aliko Dangote as a trail blazer in the nation’s industrial development, whose contributions to economic development of the nation have helped in reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty.
Chairman, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), Prof Akin Akindoyeni, who led a delegation of building industry experts on the tour, said that Dangote Group’s initiative at establishing new cement plants and expanding the existing ones had brought in technological expertise into the country.
According to him, “Dangote Group has brought new state-of- the-art technologies in cement production into the country. The nation’s industrial sector is now better with the new technologies as Dangote’s efforts will result in technological transfer. The building profession is being kept abreast of new developments in the industry through technology transfer.”
Akindoyeni added that Dangote Group had succeeded in creating a thriving Nigerian conglomerate with presence in many nations which he said is showcasing the potentials of Nigeria to the world.
He commended Dangote Group for its strategic intent of collaborating with stakeholders in the building and construction industry to move the sector forward.
In his comment, Dr. Bala Ahmed, the Financial Secretary, Real Estate Development Association of Nigeria (REDAN), while speaking during the tour said that it was heartwarming that a Nigerian could embark on such gigantic investment like Ibese Cement plant, noting that with “Ibese plant coming on stream with 6 million metric tons, Obajana expanding to 10 million metric tons and Gboko at 3.5 metric tons, Dangote is already geared to meet local demand for cement.”
He urged the government to ensure that manufacturing groups like Dangote are provided with adequate and good operating environment to thrive.
He added that REDAN was solidly behind Dangote Group’s giant strides to ensure that local demand for cement is met.
Earlier, Joseph Makoju, Special Adviser to the Dangote group President, in his presentation described Dangote Cement as the fastest growing cement company in Africa.
He said that the group is targeting a 50 million metric tons production in Africa by 2014.
Makoju, who is the Chairman of Cement Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (CMAN), disclosed that Dangote Group was also initiating a gas-based PetrochemicalIndustrial Complex to produce 2.5 million metric tons of Fertilizer per annum near Agenebode, in Edo State.