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Dangote says not responsible for collapsing buildings

10 February 2014, 10:55

Lagos - Reports of buildings collapsing while under construction in many parts of Nigeria have heightened prospects of demonstrations against leading cement producers.

Dangote Cement Plc is said to be most vulnerable to the feared protests.

Several inspectors in the construction industry suspected that the collapse of buildings could be attributed to poor quality cement, an allegation that was vehemently denied by the Dangote Cement Plc arguing that their products were up to international standards.

The country's coalition of civil society groups expressed grave concern over reports of collapsing buildings before threatening to demonstrate against major cement producers.

Nonetheless, Dangote officials absolved the company from blame.

Chief Executive Officer, DVG Edwin, said his company adherence to global best practices of cement production of a minimum of 42.5 grade cement through and above all their factories nationwide.

“We place a high premium on human lives and not cost. Nothing on earth can be substituted for human lives. Those arguing that migrating from 32.5 to
42.5 would erode their profit margins are insincere and selfish as human lives are more important than profits,” Edwin said.

He insisted that the best way to ensure safety of workers as well as occupants of such buildings was to maintain a 42.5 international requirement.

Edwin said his company had for the past two years embarked on training programme aimed at educating those that in the construction industry on how to achieve premium results through implementation of the 42.5 cement grade as opposed to 32.5 grade for certain activities.

Dangote Cement Plc is the country’s and West Africa's largest cement manufacturers and importer.

– CAJ News

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