The Dangote Cement Ghana Limited, producers of Dangote Cement, has commenced an expansion project plant of the company to help address the issue of cement shortages in the country.
The US$35m expansion project is being set up at Takoradi and is expected to be completed in the next 14 months as the company’s current plant at Tema is scheduled for completion in three months time.
As theTema project is ongoing, the Takoradi project is still at its foundation stage and on completion. The annual production is expected to rise to about 3million tones.
The expansion of Dangote plant in Ghana comes in a time where cement prices are hiking, whereby a bag of cement is selling at US$9.4 in Accra and US$10.3 in other regions of the country. This has been attributed to the falling cedi and rising input cost.
According to the Vice-Chairman of the company Mr. Tajudeen A. Sijuade, for the past five years, the company has been operating in the country and their major concern has been responding to the lack of sufficient supply of the products to meet the growing needs of the construction industry, hence the decision to expand the facility.
The expansion activity is expected to increase the current employment opportunity at the Tema Plant to about 1,000, while Takoradi will provide about 1,200 direct and indirect employments to Ghanaians.
The company gave the assurance of not compromising the quality in its attempts to meet the demand of the Ghanaian market. The Sales and Marketing Manager Mr. Joseph Kobina Aboo, stressed that the Dangote Cement is known for its quality over the years across Africa, and as such, the company will continue to ensure their customer’s satisfaction.