The Federal Government has officially confirmed that Nigeria has attained self-sufficiency in the production of cement and indeed now an exporter of the product, ascribing the feat to Dangote Cement which spare headed the backward integration policy introduced by the government.
The Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who led a team to the Dangote Cement plants in Ibese, Ogun State at the weekend said the government was happy with the leadership role played by Dangote Cement in executing the backward integration policy in the cement industry.
It would be recalled that the Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement Onne Van der Weijde had last month while presenting the financial results of the company for 2016 declared that the company had commenced export of cement to Nigeria’s neighbouring countries.
The Minister said it is a success story that Nigeria which few years ago imported over 60 per cent of her cement needs now can produce to meet local demands and still export to other nations, this is highly commendable.
The Minister stated: “As you all know, as the Federal Government moves to diversify the economy away from oil, two areas the government is focusing on are agriculture and solid minerals, this is why we are embarking on tour of mining operations across the country to know the challenges they face and what could be done to tackle those challenges.