Dangote: why we introduced 42.5 cement grade
President, Dangote Group of Companies, Aliko Dangote said yesterday his company embarked on the production of the 42.5 grade cement to stem building collapses.
Speaking in Kano at a Customers Forum organised for its distributors, Dangote said the investment in the cement grade would enable Nigerians to have access to world class cement, which will ensure the durability of the houses that it is used to build.
He said before the latest move to invest in the new grade of cement, manufacturers of ement in the country were only involved in the production of 32.5 grade of cement, despite the fact that they have the capacity to step up to the production of the 42.5 grade.
He added that the decision by most of the cement manufacturing companies, to limit themselves to the production of the 32.5 cement grade was because of government’s policy which allowed massive importation of the commodity.
He said: “What Nigerians need to know about our involvement in the manufacturing of our latest grade of cement is that it was driven out of our patriotic duty to save Nigeria from the national embarrassment associated with collapsed buildings in the country.
“From what we know, the issues of building collapse which is on the rise before our initiative to go into the manufacturing of the 42.5 grade, has to do with the quality of the 32.5 grade of cement that is in use, particularly, those being imported which were much more inferior to what was being produced locally.”
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