Kaduna Windstorm Victims Get Relief Materials

nema-kadunaThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has donated building materials worth thousands of naira to victims of a recent windstorm in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The storm preceded a brief but heavy downpour, pulling down several houses and trees.

Presenting the building materials to the victims, the North West Zonal Coordinator of the Agency, Musa Ilallah, said that the gesture was part of  government’s effort to assist the victims to rebuild their houses.

While describing the windstorm that affected over 100 houses as a natural disaster, the NEMA Zonal Coordinator expressed gratitude to God that no life was lost in the incident.

The NEMA boss also promised that the building materials would be judiciously distributed to the victims.

The leader of the community who received the materials on behalf of the victims, Abubakar Shehu, commended NEMA for the kind gesture.

Mr. Shehu also narrated how the windstorm, which lasted for only 30 minutes, removed roofing sheets and pulled down trees.

Some of the materials donated to the victims include roofing sheets, cement, roofing nails, and food items.

Another Illegal Cement Factory Uncovered By Police

Barely one week after the discovery of illegal cement factory at Zango in Ogaminana in Adavi local government area of Kogi state, another illegal cement factory has been discovered by the police command in Aku village along Lokoja-Okene road.

The factory which was located in the bush about 600 meters from main road is being used for repackaging of adulterated cement.

The state commissioner of police, Mr Mohammed Katsina who conducted ChannelsTV round the factory, said the second illegal cement factory was uncovered through the intelligence report of the security personnel who had placed surveillance in the area.

Katsina explained that the syndicate who buys Dangote cement in large quantity will divert the trucks into the bush were the original cement are mixed up with sand before they will be re-bagged for the public to buy.

Adebayo said that he came from Osun state, adding that he was linked up with Baba Ayo who brought them to the factory and trained them.

He pointed out that they were paid N30 per bag, stating that the can only afford to re-bag 40 bags per day and he informed that the business was about re-bagging of cement.

Items found at the store of the big factory are one generating set to generate power, about 25 bags of re-bagged cement with fake Dangote bags, several fake empty bags with inscription of Portland cement, Dangote Cement, Gboko Plant, Funnels and other useful materials.

Dangote to open US$35M cement factory in Liberia

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Cement Nigeria PLC, Aliko Dangote on Friday his company is planning to infuse over US$35 million dollar into the Dangote Cement Liberia limited a subsidiary of the Dangote Cement PLC of Nigeria.

Speaking during the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Liberia government and the company, held at the head office of the National Port Authority, in Monrovia on Friday, the Mr Dangote spoke highly of the interest his company has in helping to robustly boost the growth of the Liberian economy.

He also said that his company which is expected to start operation in the next six weeks will employ hundreds of Liberians, and other nationals.

He said that the parent company of Dangote Cement Liberia (Limited), Dangote Cement PLC Nigeria which was established in 1978 has to its credit over US$15 billion investment capital, and therefore, promised to infuse similar assets into the Liberian economy.

Signing on behalf of the Liberian Government, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Matilda Wokie Parker welcomed Mr Dangote and his delegation to Liberia, and lauded the initiatives being applied by his company to come to Liberia and invest.

Speaking to reporters immediately after the signing ceremony, Mrs Parker said the NPA will play host to the operation of the new cement factory, noting, “We are glad to have this multimillion dollar company to begin operation here at the NPA.”

After the signing ceremony, Mr Dangote and his 5-man delegation including the Group Managing Director, Knurt Ulvmoen visited the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The opening of a new cement factory in Liberia will bring to two the number of cement factories in Liberia. CEMENCO which is currently enjoying monopoly in the sector has been around for over fifty years.

Dangote’s Land dispute in Cameroon to be resolved soon – Cameroon official

Dangote Cement opens new $1 billion plant
A land dispute that has halted construction of Dangote Group’s $115 million cement plant in Cameroon will be resolved amicably and the project completed on time, a government official said on Wednesday.

Dangote started work on the 1.5 million tonnes-per-year plant in the financial capital Douala in September with an eye to finishing the project within 18 months, but construction was halted after residents filed an injunction arguing the land belonged to the ethnic Sawa people.

“The Prime Minister and the government are very keen that the project should go on as planned, given the growing demand for cement in the country,” an aide to Prime Minister Philemon Yang told Reuters, asking not to be named.

“So the Prime Minister has already held a meeting with the Sawa chiefs and will be sending an official delegation of very senior government personalities to the city one of these days so that the problem can be solved amicably and construction work on the plant site (is) completed as scheduled,” he said.

“We cannot afford to miss this opportunity,” he said, adding talks would likely be held this week or early next week.

The company had issued a statement in the national register saying it was ready to renegotiate its accord and had already shipped in heavy equipment from Germany.

Dangote, also facing opposition from residents fearing pollution, said it was planning to use state-of-the-art environmental technology on the site, held on a 30-year renewable lease from the government.

Cameroon currently has only one cement company, CIMENCAM, with annual output of about 1 million tonnes.

But the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development says annual demand in the country is about 4 million tonnes, growing at about 8 percent per year.