GOVERNMENT representatives, quality regulators, cement dealers, block makers, and end-users have come to an accord that Africa’s cement giant, Dangote Cement Plc, produces the best quality of cement on the continent. This was revealed at a workshop that was attended by officials drawn from Kano State Government, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), and block makers, among others, which held in Kano on Tuesday.
The stakeholders also said the ongoing nationwide workshop and sensitisation of block manufacturers will help check the menace of collapsed buildings in the country.
Speaking at the workshop, representative of the Kano State Government, Alhaji Muhammad Garba Kwall, said that Dangote Cement Plc is not only the biggest company but produces the best quality cement in Africa.
He described the company as socially responsible and that’s why it is giving back to society through the sensitisation workshop and creating various platforms for educating end users to mitigate the incessant incidences of collapsed building in the country.
Speaking, Regional Director, Kano Directorate, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Albert Wilberforce, urged block moulders to patronise the quality cement produced by the Dangote Cement Plc, adding that the SON was partnering with the company and ensuring that only quality cement is produced by the company.
In the same vein, The Kano State Coordinator (II) of SON, Engr. Hauwa M. Husseini, urged the block moulders to comply with standard practice in order to prevent the menace of collapsed building in the country.
Speaking also, Regional Sales Director for North-West, Aliyu Dan-Aliyu, urged participants to be ambassadors by telling their customers about the quality of the cement.
He said: “A customer who wants to build a house, doesn’t know the quality or type of cement to use. It is the responsibility of the builder to advise him on the desired cement to use for quality building.
“In this regard, you are the ones responsible to advise them on using Dangote cement because of its quality.
“The artisans and block makers are central to the cement delivery value chain; hence we want to assure you that we will continue to have such interactive sessions, going forward, knowing that it will serve as a feedback mechanism for us in the Dangote Cement Plc.
Speaking, Coordinator, National Artisans of the company Johnson Olaniyi, said the aim of the sensitization is to make people know about the attributes of the product.
According to him, the workshop would give the block moulders and allied product manufacturers the opportunity to once again build capacity and adhere to global best practices.
Mr. Olaniyi said the workshop would help tackle the problem of collapse building by engaging the manufacturers, and builders on standards.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Chairman, Kano State block moulders, and allied manufacturers, Umar Faruq Musa, while applauding the company for coming up with the program, said it will go a long way to educate its members on measures such as mixing cement with water and others.