West Africa

Nigeria: Dangote Diversification Strengthens Maiden Clinker Shipment to Senegal

With 27,800 metric tons of clinker shipped to Senegal, Dangote Cement has reaffirmed its position as Africa’s largest cement manufacturer.

Dangote has slowly made Nigeria, which until recently was one of the world’s largest bulk importers of cement, first self-sufficient in cement production, and now an exporter of cement clinker to other countries, with this historic maiden trip from its export terminal located in Apapa Port, Lagos.

The clinker ‘s export from the Dangote Cement Export Terminal will also put Nigeria among the world’s leading exporters of clinkers.

Over the next few weeks, the company is expected to increase the amount of clinker exports to other African countries, it was further learned.

It said the clinker export would allow Dangote Cement to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area, thereby helping to boost intra-regional trade within the ECOWAS region.

The company’s new push won it commendation from Nigeria ‘s Manufacturing Association (MAN), which lauded Nigeria for leading the way to becoming one of the world’s largest cement and clinker exporters.

Speaking at the weekend when the ship carrying the clinker from the Export Terminal departed, Alhaji Sada Ladan-Baki, Group Executive Director of the Dangote Company, said that increased exports of clinker
and cement to other African countries would not only put Dangote Cement among the world’s top clinker exporters, but would also raise Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings and reduce umeployment in the country.

“The benefit of what we have done is that we can produce foreign exchange for the nation in terms of dollars and euros. The money comes back to Nigeria with every batch of clinker we sell. The sum we ‘re talking about isn’t tiny.

Currently, Dangote Cement should be either number one or number two cement exporter in Africa and the foreign exchange revenue that we have produced is running into millions. Today the Dangote Cement Export Terminal has been officially opened. We will still be making another big launch when the second ship leaves the country, “he added.

Ladan-Baki recalled that only a few years ago, Nigeria was one of the world’s largest cement bulk importers, saying “Dangote has slowly made Nigeria self-sufficient in cement production as well as a clinker exporter to other nations.”

According to him, the company would also launch its export terminal in Onne in the next few days to allow clinker to be exported, first to its grinding facility in Cameroon and then to new grinding plants that the company is building in West Africa.

In turn, it will help boost job development in Nigeria and increase prosperity.

He said: “This terminal will help Dangote to realize the full potential of the company’s investment in cement. When the rain comes, you know as usual, sales decline, but not clinker exports.

In turn, it will help boost job development in Nigeria and increase prosperity.

He said: “This terminal will help Dangote to realize the full potential of the company’s investment in cement. When the rain comes, you know as usual, sales decline, but not clinker exports.

“However, apart from job creation opportunities, Dangote’s clinker export will place the country to fully participate in the African Free Trade Liberalization Agreement when it comes into being, so that Nigeria is safe from foreign goods. This will also help the country compete effectively with any nation involved in clinker export market.

We are aggressively going about it at Dangote Cement and we see it as an opportunity.

The company also concluded plans to expand its clinker and cement exports to other countries, Ladan-Baki said.

“Being the first ship, this vessel exports 27,800 metric tons to Senegal and it’s just a tip of the iceberg as to what we’re planning to do.

What we’ve got in mind is sending clinkers from Nigeria to Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Ghana. As an example, Cameroon takes approximately 82,000 metric tonnes a month. Our aim is to export at least four million tons of clinker per annum to different parts of Africa.

“It is our aim that we hope to accomplish over the next one to two years. It particular project is going to our sister company over Senegal. We have an existing plant of 1.5 million tons and this one is expected to give the plant additional clinker needed to support production. We’ll be shipping 82,000 metric tons to Cameroon in batches of about 25,000 to 29,000 metric tons per journey in the next week or two, “he said.

Speaking on Dangote’s achievement, Chuma Oruche, Acting Director-General of the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (MAN), praised Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman of the Dangote Group, for leading the way in the export of products from Nigeria to other countries.

According to him, the feat by Dangote Cement will improve Nigeria’s foreign earnings and that the country’s unemployment.

He said: “Dangote Cement ‘s export of clinker on the weekend will certainly help the Nigerian economy in terms of export earnings, job creation and wealth creation for families linked to those achievements.”