The cement industry in Nigeria was recently given a big boost, with the commissioning days back of a $350 million Kalambaina Cement Plant in Sokoto State, courtesy the BUA Group owned by quintessential Kano state-born billionaire industrialist, Alhaji Abdusalam Rabiu.
The plant, which has an installed capacity of 1.5 metric tonnes per annum, and will be the largest single private sector-led investment in North West Nigeria, was commissioned last Tuesday by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with many state governors, National Assembly members, members of Federal and State Executive Councils, revered monarchs, business associates and captains of industry in attendance. It was indeed a novel function as the new addition will definitely lessen the burden of users of the product in that part of the country. The plant, which is part of the company’s expansion plan, has a total capacity of 32 megawatts. It has high capacity coal mill, a multi-fuel plant and the potentials to create about 2,000 employment, 10,000 indirect jobs and also increase the country’s foreign exchange with its 100km and 200km proximity to Niger and Benin republics respectively. With the plant, the total production capacity of all BUA Cement assets in Nigeria will now come to about 6 million metric tonnes per annum. This is over 35 percent total volumes of cement production contributed by BUA Cement in the country.