Nigeria’s topmost cement manufacturing company, BUA Cement Plc has commissioned a 3 million metric tonnes Sokoto Line 4 cement factory on Thursday.
The factory which was officially commissioned Nigeria’s Preaident Muhammadu Buhari was held in Sokoto, Northwest, Nigeria also had in attendance, Governor of Sokoto State.
Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu in his opening remark while acknowledging the presence of the President and other dignitaries stated that since the commission of the company’s first greenfield cement complex, over four years ago, BUA Cement Plc has “…continued our audacious yet structured expansion programme to meet the ever-growing demand for cement in Nigeria with regional exports also in focus.”
He added that in a bid to support the government’s infrastructure agenda, the company has resorted to using locally available raw materials to produce cement in Nigeria.
Furthermore, the chairman stated that within a space of six years, four plants have been commissioned.
These he said include two in Obu, Edo State and two in Sokoto, taking the company’s total production capacity to 17 million metric tonnes.
“In the past six years, we have completed four plants – two in Obu, Edo State and two in Sokoto (of which this sokoto line 4 is the fourth) with BUA’s total production capacity now standing at 11million tonnes with the completion of this plant,” he said.
Rabiu stated that in 2023, the group will continue to invest more in the cement industry until Nigeria is self-sufficient and cement is made available, accessible, and affordable for all Nigerians.
Speaking on future projections, he explained that the company intends to complete the construction of two new plants, in Edo and Sokoto, both of which have a production capacity of 3 million metric tonnes each and are currently under construction. We expect these plants to be completed next year which will bring our total production capacity to 17million metric tonnes.
The Chairman said, “I would like to restate that BUA Cement remains fully committed in making cement more available, affordable, and accessible using raw materials available locally. This is important for housing and infrastructure development as well as national development and we will keep doing our own part to actualize this goal”.