The Managing Director of Dangote Group, Onne Vander Weijde, has declared the preparedness of the company to create about 150 to 300 jobs in Cameroon.
In an interview with CNBC, he said: “Thousands of jobs are being created [indirectly] through having this factory in Cameroon.”
Dangote Cement’s factory has the capacity to produce 1.5 million metric tonnes of cement annually.
Weijde said the new plant in Cameroon would help save the much needed foreign currency and shed the burden of foreign imports, adding that “Africa is still importing cement from all the continents so there is a clear for a locally produced heavy material”.
According to him, Cameroon was a good opportunity for the Dangote Group because it can now take advantage of limestone reserves in Nigeria which we are lacking in Cameroon.
“We have built clinker bans in Nigeria and by exporting clinker to Cameroon we earn foreign currency in Nigeria and by producing cement within Cameroon we save foreign currency.
“We produce locally at a better quality which makes us less dependent on other continents. We believe in the future in Cameroon.”
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