No fewer than 153 staff of Ashaka Cement Plc yesterday received the year 2004 long-service award from the company. Thirty two of the workers got award for serving the company for 20 years while 121 received award for working 10 years with the company. The workers at a colourful ceremony received cash gift, Sharp colour television and Sharp radio from the company.
The managing director of the company, Alhaji Mohammed Dagash, praised the workers for their support towards the rapid growth of the company. Dagash who disclosed that Ashacem now a "blue chip" at the Nigerian Stock Market said the company partnership with Lafarge International was a success over the years. He urged the workers to sustain continuous performance improvement so that Ashaka would lead the Nigerian cement industry. "We must double our efforts in cost reduction to be more competitive."