The Federal Government of Nigeria on Thursday reiterated its commitment to work towards the country becoming self sufficient in cement production by 2013.
The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Jubril Martin-Kuye, made the pledge at his 2010 ministerial news conference tagged, ‘2010 Ministerial Score Card’.
He said the country had no business still importing cement with its abundant natural human resources for cement production.
Mr. Martin-Kuye described cement as a resource-based product, where Nigeria had one of the greatest competitive advantages.
“We have no product that can beat cement when it comes to resources with the abundance of limestone. Nigeria is centrally located in the continent, and can export cement to the western, eastern, and southern African countries. We, therefore, have no reason to import dust from other countries,” he said. The minister said government’s sustained incentive to investors in the sector had witnessed increased local production of cement, which stood at 8.3Mt in 2009.