The Management of Dangote Cement on Tuesday revealed that it remained the only cement company in Nigeria that is producing the 42.5 grade locally, at least for now.
The Group Managing Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Devakumar Edwin, who unveiled the new cement bag said Dangote is committed to the safety of human lives rather than maximizing profits alone in the country.
He maintained that incidences of building collapses in the country do not only destroy lives and properties, but also bring about huge economic losses to the nation.
Edwin said most of the building collapses in the nation were caused by varied factors among which poor quality cement is significant, pointing out that the lifetime investment by Dangote was to further
demonstrate the company’s effort to guard against unfortunate incidents of failure of buildings and the attendant loss of lives and property.
He said, “Dangote has since stopped the production of the 32.5 lower cement grade,” saying as a corporate organisation, it values human lives rather than just making money.
According to him, “This is why we are focusing heavily on 42.5 cement grade, because we believe as a responsible organisation, human life is more precious than making profits. The introduction of Dangote 42.5, 3X cement, is not to dominate the cement industry but to follow the acceptable global trend, which has also been adopted by West African countries like Ghana, where the focus is shifting towards the 42.5 cement grade as the preferred quality of cement for building and construc tion activities.”
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), also on Tuesday formally gave approval to Dangote Cement Plc to commence the rolling out of 42.5 higher grade of cement into the Nigerian market.
The agency said it had inspected the company’s manufacturing facilities across the country and found the processes to have been upgraded to efficiently produce the 42.5 cement grade, which provides
higher strength in building and construction.