Dangote Seeks Decisive Action on Building Collapse

Chairman of Dangote Cement Plc, Aliko Dangote, has charged stakeholders in the building and construction industry to come together to confront the menace of building collapse in the country decisively.

He gave the directive during a sensitisation tour of the cement plant by the leadership of the National Association of Block Moulders of Nigeria in the South-west and Edo State.

Dangote, who spoke through the Group Managing Director of the Company, Devakumar Edwin, in Obajana, Kogi State, said incidence of structural failure has become a national embarrassment and needs to be checked.

He explained that his company hosted the block molders as critical stakeholders, to the sensitisation tour and practical demonstration of block making and lectures to enlighten them on how best to get the desired quality blocks need for strong structures.

Dangote also stated that the block molders’ visit as well as the series of the sensitisation workshops organised across the country for the block molders would assist in educating them to realise the fact that there are different grades of cements for different purposes and for different applications as prescribed by the regulatory authority, the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

The Business mogul told the block molders that Dangote Cement had been in the forefront of the campaign for quality and standardisation so as to save the nation of the headache associated with building collapses, which lead to avoidable loss of lives and property.

Dangote cement he said, had continued to research into quality improvement of the product “and has come up with Dangote Cement 42.5 3x, which, he said is the best cement in the country. “We have also continued to increase production capacity so that Nigeria can attain self-sufficiency and even export the product. By the end of this year we will be attaining 29 million metric ton per year of cement production”, he said.

The Dangote Cement Chairman pleaded with the leadership of the association to help in the task of putting a stop to the incidence of building collapse by educating their members on the appropriate application of right materials for block molding.

Earlier, the Obajana Plant Director, Mr. J. V. Gungune told the block molders that part of the reason for the tour was for them to appreciate process of cement production, from the mines to the loading bay.

“We value our customers as the essence of our being in business, this is why we go extra miles to meet and exceed your expectations”
He said the block molders would find out why Dangote Cement as a leading player in the industry should not compromise on quality and why it would want the products standardise in the interest of the end users who would not have understood that cement is not cement but that there are grades meant for different uses.

Also speaking, the Regional Director Sales, Muthu Jagdish expressed happiness that the block molders sought to know issues involved in cement production and application and urged them to help in the fight against building collapse.

He stated that with the cooperation of the stakeholders like the block molders, the ugly incidence of structure failures could be stopped because they are usually the first contact in the value chain.

In his address, the coordinator of the tour and Dangote Cement Director of Sales and Marketing, Johnson Olaniyi told the block molders’ leadership to ensure the lessons received during the sensitisation tour percolates down the leadership hierarchy so that the essence of their coming would be of positive effect.

He said: “We have organised this sessions to make you a good cook at the end of the day, so that your food will smell and taste fine.” He pledged that Dangote cement was ready to lead in the task of sanitising the industry by seeing that quality is not compromised and all the stakeholders join hands with the regulatory authority to achieve this.

Olaniyi then took the block molders on the practical demonstration of how to make a quality block with the right mix of sand, cement and water.

Responding, Chairman of the block molders association, Alhaji Rashidi Adebowale, commended the company for the gesture and described the tour as the beginning of a new relationship between Dangote Cement and Block Moulders throughout Nigeria.

He said: “We have a common goal which is the elimination of the spate of building collapse in the country through several training seminars organised for us across the nation. These trainings usually accompanied by practical demonstrations have given our members new set of skills and higher knowledge in mixing the different components that go into block making.

“The introduction of Dangote Cement 3x I must say the truth has given us a new lease of life. We are sure of quality blocks and at the same time with higher Yields which means more profit for us. We are indeed grateful.”

Curled from ThisDayLive

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