August 20, 2017

NIGERIAN CEMENT MANUFACTURERS ARE MEETING MARKET DEMANDS

Cement Plant II

Cement Plant II (Photo credit: xdjio)

Nigeria has not imported cement since the beginning of the year as a result of increased output in the locally manufactured product which as at date, outstripped the needs of the local market, Engr Joseph Makoju, Chairman, Cement Manufacturers Association of Nigeria CMAN, has revealed.

Besides, cement manufacturers have also set an output growth of 56.25 per cent to 20 million tonnes, up from about 12.8 million in 2011, he added.

Making the revelation when he led a delegation of cement manufacturers on an official visit to the Ministry of Works, Makoju explained that the feat achieved this year was made possible through improved investments in plants and other operational inputs.

Consequently, he said the country which has a total installed capacity of about 28 million tonnes yearly can now look for the export markets for exploration in cement sales.

“The projected output is about 25 million tonnes more than the current local demand of about 17.5 million. In 2002, total local cement production was only two million tonnes and in that year, we were talking about a local demand of eight million. Importation was at its peak.

Cement Truck

Cement Truck (Photo credit: jeffk)

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