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Current Cement N7,000 – N8,000 Offer, on the high side – NABMON

The National Association of Block Moulders of Nigeria (NABMON) has called on the Federal Government to consider taking urgent steps in making cement affordable in the country.

 

NABMON National President, Prince Adesegun Banjoko, who made the call in an Easter message on Sunday, commended the government for considering opening the borders to increase supply.

Prince Banjoko however, added that the government should also reduce import duties on imported components for manufacturing cement and invite more global investors into the sector so that ‘the market can determine fair prices’.

He said, “The government should also discourage export by way of ‘smuggling’ via our porous borders to neighbouring countries so that we can have respite in that sector.

“It is, however, heart-warming that all hands are currently on deck at our Research Institutes and Universities on Cement Innovations Research, with a view to finding locally sourced alternative materials for cheaper, quality cement and even other building materials.

“If South Africa, said to have 60million population can allegedly have 15 cement factories, and Nigeria with 200million population is having only 3 cement factories, there is still much work to be done,” he submitted.

NABMON National Chairman said, “Going by the major lessons of Easter, which is sacrificial selflessness, and faith in the power of resurrection of Jesus Christ, our nation, Nigeria, requires sacrificial rebirth from us all, severally and collectively, and a spirit of repentance from all our untoward ways and means, collaboratively working against the progress of our nation and deliberately choosing to work faithfully with a selfless, purposeful mind for national rebirth.

“We need both physical and spiritual rebirth as individuals and collectively as a nation, which is not impossible, with faith, and a determined political will as a people”.

 

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