“The $ 80 million investment is part of the expansion plans of the company to meet the growing demand of the Dangote brand of cement in the Ghanaian market and beyond.”
Mr Tor Nygard, Managing Director of the company who cut the ribbon for the inauguration in Tema said the procurement of the trucks was in direct response to the demands of the products adding: “These are components of the company’s mission in Ghana, which is to stimulate Ghanaian consumers of our products.”
The Dangote Cement Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of Dangote industries, which started is operations in Ghana six years ago has so provided 5,000 direct and indirect jobs to Ghanaians and the procurement of the 1,000 vehicles would further increase staffing strength as more drivers and mechanics would be employed.
The company is also investing $100 million in the construction of a new grinding plant in Takoradi in the Western Region, with the capacity to produce 1.5 million tons of cement annually.
Dangote cement is the only Nigerian company listed among Forbes Global 2000 companies.
The Managing Director said on completion, the Takoradi grinding plant would consolidate its activities in the Ghanaian market and improve on infrastructural development in the country because of quality.
Mr Etornam Komla Buami, Media Relations Manager of the company said all the 1,000 trucks which arrived from July 4 to July 8 was the largest single importation a company in Ghana had ever made.
He said the procurement of the vehicles would also increase government revenue from the company in terms of taxes and workers’ income.
On the quality of the company’s products, Mr Buami said it supplies only 42.5R grade of ordinary Portland cement onto the market, the highest that could be acquired in the West African market.
He said the corporate entity had decided to engage in distribution of cement to make it affordable in Ghana as engaging private distribution company could subsequently cause price hikes.