By; ADAMA JOHN, Lokoja.
The Dangote Cement Plc has been commended for its sponsorship of the 5th Kogi Built Environment and Building Materials Exhibition (BEBME) which attracted speaker after speaker.
With the theme, “Profitability and Quality Advantages of Made in Nigeria Housing Development Option and Materials, the two-day Exhibition was held between September 19 and 21, 2023.
Speaking at the Dangote Special Day, the Chief Convener of the Exhibition, Hon. Oladipo Makakese Bayode commended the Dangote Cement Plc for the sponsorship, adding that the company is strategically placed to support government in its drive to provide shelter for Nigerians.
While bemoaning the high cost of production, which negatively impacts on profitability, he said there was the need for a collaboration between the government and the organised private sector, as the cost of importation of cement additives and equipment replacement are on the high side given the exchange rate.
In his own remark, the chairman, Block Moulders Association of Kogi State, Mr. Kunle Raiyemo, extolled the company for producing quality cement.
According to him, the Dangote Cement has provided Nigerians with the opportunity to provide shelter for its people, adding that his association has been partnering the company to ensure that block makers keep to standard in the application of the product.
Also the General Manager Social Performance/Special Duties, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi, who represented the Director, Dangote Cement Obajana, Plant, Mr. JV Gungune, said the company has been partnering BEBME and other stakeholders to support the development of Kogi State.
Mr. Gungune, who was earlier bestowed with the “Shelter Development Icon of the Decade “ award by BEBME, urged participants to leverage on the ideas that will be generated from the exhibition in moving the State and the country forward.
The Plant Director said the company has also contributed massively to the areas of corporate philanthropy in the State, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) around its catchment areas.
Furthermore, the Deputy Regional Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Dayo Laniyan, said that Kogi State is central to Dangote Cement operation in Nigeria even as he commended the organisers for supporting the company in its enlightenment drive.
Speaking also, Regional Trade and Marketing Manager, Ahmed Tijani, told the audience that Dangote Cement confers three advantages on its users ,which are: Extra Yield, Rapid Setting, Extra Strength.
He also urged participants and block moulders to maximize the advantages from the ongoing Dangote Cement’s Next Level Retailers Offer to win consolation prizes.