By JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU
CALABAR — CEMENT Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, CMAN, has attributed the high price of cement product in some areas of the country to bad state of the nation’s roads.
Addressing journalists after its quarterly meeting to review performances of cement companies in the country at the United Cement Company premises, Calabar, Cross River State, Chairman of CMAN, Engineer Joseph Makoju explained that cement manufacturers in the country had made every thing possible to bring down the price of the product, stressing that road haulage has become a major challenge.
Makoju said that cement industry in the country had recorded remarkable success, which he said had been confirmed by the federal government, adding that the success story of cement companies was happening when other manufacturing sector in the country were shrinking and facing myriads of challenges.
According to him, local production had risen from two million recorded in 2002, to thirteen million in 2011 and even gone up to seventeen million in the month of September this year, adding that the policy of the federal government in reducing importation had contributed to the availability and affordability of the product.
He described the government policy not to issue import license as a land mark achievement and that cement manufacturers had in reciprocating the government gesture, tried to ensure that there is availability of the product in the market as well as ensuring a significant reduction in the price of the product.
Makoju said that CMAN was talking to government about investing more on infrastructure and that the main focus of the association includes among others, working harder to ensure that there was availability of the product.
He said CMAN is focusing on training and human capital, so as to have qualified Nigerians that would run the plants. He said that Cement manufacturing companies in the country were pooling resources together for the proposed Cement Technological Institute, that is to be floated by government which will soon take off.
According to him, the institute would help in the area of human capital development.
Besides, he said CMAN is considering producing new products that will meet the requirements of every body in terms of price so as to meet the various needs of the market.