Dangote opens Africa’s biggest cement plant

Channels Television  
Updated June 11, 2012

The biggest cement factory in sub-Saharan Africa, Obajana cement plant, was on Monday commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan in honour of Aliko Dangote.

Located in Kogi State, Obajana cement is expected to produce about 10 million tonnes of cement per annum.

President Jonathan in his remark, called the plant a “quantum leap” for that nation’s construction sector.

The president noted that the success of this factory was as a result of the government’s policy on public-private partnership.

“To sustain the achievement, government is working with the private sector to launch a Cement Technology Institute, which Aliko Dangote will be the chairman” he said.

The president also revealed that a backward integration policy will soon be implemented for the automobile and garment sectors as well as sugar and rice, “so that by 2016, we not only be producing for our consumption, but also export.”

Mr Aliko Dangote, who was recently crowned, the richest man in Africa by Forbes magazine, in his speech stated that “Nigeria is the best place in the world to invest”, adding that there are immense investment opportunities in the nation’s power and infrastructural sectors.

Invest opportunities abound in various sectors of the economy, such as power, infrastructure, oil and gas. Discerning investments are aware that this is the place to invest and they screaming over each other to come and invest here.

He enjoined the government to replicate similar policies that encourage his cement factory in other sectors of the economy, saying, “if the federal government can improve on policies such as the one that allowed this cement factory, we will be there in no time. “

It is estimated that the Dangote group has invested about $6.5billion in the sector in recent years.