The Federal Government said that self-sufficiency in the production of cement has attained by Nigeria, and is now focusing in exporting the product in neighboring countries.
The Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi, the one who led the government officials to the Dangote Cement plants in Ibese, Ogun state, said that the government is proud that Dangote Cement accomplished the backward integration policy in the cement industry.
The Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement, Onne Van der Weijde, said that last month, the company started the exportation of cement to countries nearby.
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.”
Mr. Fayemi said that the government was also investigating if the big plants are following the rules when it comes to the environment, saying that the plants of Dangote Cement is strictly environment friendly.
Dangote Cement is the leading cement producer in Africa with 46Mta (metric tons per annum) capacity across africa.
The Obajana plant in Nigeria’s Kogi state is the largest plant in Africa with 13.25 Mta of capacity across four lines.