President of the Dangote Groups, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has unveiled plans to transform the Dangote Cement Plant in Obajana, Kogi State to the world’s largest cement factory by 2015.
Speaking yesterday when President Goodluck Jonathan commissioned the new Line 3 of the plant in Obajana, Dangote said: “With the completion of our 5.25 million metric tonnes per annum (mmtpa) Line 3 Plant, Obajana will become the single largest cement plant in the world with a combined capacity of 10.25 million mmtpa. We have achieved all these in less than 10 years!”
He said the 3.0 mmtpa Line 4 Plant, whose foundation stone was also laid by President Jonathan, will further take the capacity the factory to 13.25 mmtpa, when completed by 2015.
“This will indeed make us the power house of cement in Africa,” he said.
President Goodluck Jonathan in his remarks praised the Dangote Group which he said has put Nigeria on the world map of business.
He said; “It gladdens my heart that Dangote is spearheading a silent industrial revolution in the country through its laudable activities that have put Nigeria on the worldmap as an emerging economic giant in Africa” adding that the commissioning further cement the company’s capability to compete effectively with other global giants in the industry and also fast track Dangote Cement’s ambition of ranking among the top eight cement producing companies in the world by the year 2015.
The President said Alhaji Aliko Dangote, was a natural choice for Chairman of a Committee set up by government two years ago to study the issue of job creation with a view to proposing policies and formulating strategies that will help us boost job creation.
The host governor, Capt. Idris Wada of Kogi State said: “Alhaji Aliko Dangote is a focused industrialist who has the interest of Nigeria at heart,” adding that he has demonstrated the fact that Nigeria is the best place in the world to invest.