From Adedeji Fakorede, Lagos
Dangote Cement PLC has said that its new product, Dangote Blocmaster, is expected to address the challenges associated with building construction in water logged areas.
According to the Group Managing Director of the firm, Mr. Joseph Makoju, the new product would work better in such areas and give builders a perfect result due to its strong quality.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital over the weekend, while introducing the product to engineers, builders, block makers and the general public in the Niger Delta region, he observed that lots of developers try to avoid constructing on swampy land because of the cost of getting it right but in areas like Lagos state where it is increasingly getting difficult to get dry plots of land, swamps or waterlogged plots are inevitable.
“For a swampy area like this, this innovative cement becomes a much better offer to use because the terrain with higher sulfur requires a cement product that is stronger, with higher strength to work better and give perfect result,” Makoju who was represented by the Chief Marketing Director of Dangote Cement Plc, Funmi Sanni, said.
The Managing Director noted that, the product is 100 per cent local content, made from limestone and is currently the highest bagged grade of cement in the country with 42.5 grade, which sets after an hour, due to its top quality.
While noting that the firm is doing its best to ensure good road networks to ease transportation of cement across the country, even as he commended government’s effort on infrastructural developments, he said: “And it is because we can vouch for our products’ high quality that is why we are in so many African countries. We are the king in this business as we control more than 60 per cent of the cement market. We introduced to you 3X 42.5R, we have Falcon, and now we are rolling out BlocMaster. We want the name to resonate anywhere cement is mentioned; that is why we called it BlocMaster.”
Meanwhile, members of the Block Moulders Association in Rivers State have lauded Dangote for introducing the high grade cement to Nigerians. Chairman of the Association, Mr. Lucky Uche however appealed to Dangote to make the product affordable to enable the group maintain the approved standard required by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria.
Endorsing the BlocMaster Cement, the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Joseph Ugbaja said the product is another quality product from Dangote Cement; a company that is known for its strict adherence to standard as stipulated by the authorities. He noted that Dangote Cement has now produced a higher 42.5 grade of cement even for the use of block makers.
Ugbaja said his organisation has been making routine visits to Dangote Cement plants across the country and the company has never been found wanting when it comes to meeting standard. “They always exceed stipulated standard. We are very proud of them,” he said.