Nigerian cement industry backs 42.5 grade cement

Nigerian cement industry backs 42.5 grade cement
Published: 07 July 2014

Tagged Under: standards cement quality Nigeria 

Major cement producers in Nigeria have pledged their commitment to the House of Representatives’ position that 42.5MPa grade cement is to become the minimum standard of cement quality produced in the country. All products that do not meet this benchmark are expected to be withdrawn from the market.

The step follows government acceptance of report findings and stakeholder consultation by the Committee on Cement Composition and Pigmentation, which had recommended the 42.5 grade option being in the national interest to adopt a cement grade that is less susceptible to wrong application, particularly given most consumers that build structures are non-professionals.

In addition, the committee recommended that any cement producer or distributor selling expired cement would be sanctioned to ensure uptake of the higher-grade cement.

The industry, include Bua, Ibeto and Dangote, said they were producing 42.5 grade cement long before the Standards Organisation of Nigeria held its quality review.