Africa’s leading cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement is set to commission its new 3.0 million metric tonnes per annum cement plant located in Mtwara District of Tanzania on October 10, 2015.
The company will also hold the ground breaking ceremony for 25 hectares of Jetty land at Mgao village in Mtwara District the same day.
The commissioning of the new cement plant which is part of the company’s Africa expansion strategy will be the fourth in the series after Ethiopia, Zambia and Cameroun. Cement plants due for commissioning this year are located in Senegal and South Africa, while construction works are ongoing in several other African countries.
The ground breaking for the Tanzanian cement plant held on May 27, 2013 and within 24 months, the plant is ready for commissioning. With the plant in operation, Tanzania is on its way to become one of the African countries who are self-sufficient in cement production.
Governments and distinguished Africans have been commending the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote for his massive investments across Africa. The Nigerian Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo speaking at the commissioning of the Zambian Plant lauded Aliko Dangote on his investment in several African countries saying the Federal Government is proud of Dangote.
Osinbajo who described Dangote as an exceptional African entrepreneur, commended his phenomenal vision, entrepreneurship and commitment to the development of Africa and Africans.
He said “Dangote is a Nigerian from Kano State and he is a pan-Nigerian and pan-African who has done us all proud and his companies spread over 16 African countries, are a signal of an African multinational enterprise.”
Zambian President, Edgar Lungu who also praised the business ingenuity of the Aliko Dangote said “his business expansion across African is worthy of emulation by African businessmen in the task of continental development.”
Cameroonian President, Paul Biya at the commissioning of the 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum Dangote Cement Grinding Plant in Douala thanked Aliko Dangote for his massive investments in cement plants across Africa adding that Dangote has shown willingness to play a significant role in the industrialization of the Cameroonian economy.
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, said Aliko Dangote is Africa’s most potent investor who has rebranded Nigeria through cement plants located in many African nations. According to him, Dangote Cement billboards are located across many African streets in countries where the company has plants which he said presents Nigeria as a source of investment in other nations.
He said, “Dangote has spurred the industrialization of many African economies through the establishment of integrated cement plants which are geared towards making those countries self-sufficient in cement production, the real sector is the engine room of any economy, therefore, investments in the sector will have a multiplier effect on other sectors leading to massive direct and indirect job opportunities.”