Nigeria: Lafarge Wapco enhances logistics system with new trucks

Nigeria: Lafarge Wapco enhances logistics system with new trucks
Published: 08 March 2011

Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc has enhanced its logistics project with the planned acquisition of over 1000 state-of-the-art trucks. The company announced the project at its Ewekoro plant where 75 brand new Mark trucks were commissioned by Omooba Gbenga Osinowo, the Ogun state commissioner for commerce and industry.

The managing director and CEO of Lafarge WAPCO, Mr Samy Abdelkader said: "Our newly acquired trucks will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our company’s logistics network of distribution nationwide as we are gearing towards the commissioning of the 2.5Mt Lakatabu plant at the end of second quarter of this year’.

Continuing, Mr Abdelkader stated: "in addition to the improvement of its haulage system, the company’s activities are geared towards its strong commitment to the government policy of backward integration which emphasises availability of cement."

Commending Lafarge WAPCO for its giant stride at improving the logistics and delivery system of its products, Omooba Gbenga Osinowo said: "the multiplier effect of the new initiative will be of immense benefit to the citizens of the state and the nation at large."

Mr Kola Olowokere, the head of the supply chain division, said: “Our company’s enhanced logistics system initiative will go a long way to ameliorate the challenges faced in the past in distributing the our products to customer.”

Lafarge WAPCO has also shown its commitment to support the federal government vision to revitalise the rail system by making substantial investments internally to ensure its products can be hauled through the country’s rail network. Indeed, a sizeable tonnage of Elephant Cement has been moved by rail from the company’s plant in the past three months.