Gabriel Enenche —
Cement manufacturing giants, Dangote Industries, yesterday, announced an investment of $150m to improve cement and urea distribution across its businesses, taking delivery of 2500 trucks.
A statement from the company said it acquired 2000 trucks, trailers, bulk tankers, tippers, cargo trucks and bulk cement tankers that are expected to increase the demand for transportation of cement across the nation and create employment for over 4,000 people in Nigeria, as the company plans to commission its new cement plant in Okpella, Edo State, in a few weeks.
On the other hand, the statement also said Dangote Fertilizers took delivery of 500 trucks from Dangote Sinotruk West Africa Limited, a joint venture between Dangote Industries Limited and Sinotruk China, for the distribution of urea to different States in Nigeria.
Alhaji Abdu Dantata, Group Executive Director, Logistics and Distribution, Dangote Industries Limited, said the company procured new trucks in line with its new expansion capacity in Obajana, Ibese, Gboko and the new cement plant at Okpella.
“The acquisition is due to the growing needs of the business, especially as regards the increased trucking demands encountered lately, due to the surge in the demand for cement, he said.
“The establishment of our clinker export terminals at Apapa and Onne Port led to the purchase of heavy-duty tippers for haulage of clinker from the plants to the terminals. The introduction of these trucks would improve customers’ demand, improve on job creation in the country, as well as promote the economic development of Nigeria.
Dantata also disclosed that the company took seriously the issue of safety of truck drivers and road users, which necessitated collaboration between the Federal Road Safety Corps and the company to attain zero tolerance to road crashes in the country.