By AbuSatar Hamed
IBESE-YEWA – The Management of Dangote Cement Plc has assured members of the block moulders across the country of the availability of block master brand of its product, saying efforts have been put in place to produce more of the variant and make it readily available to them.
According to a release e-signed and made available to StarTrend Int’l & online – www.startrendinternational.com by Francis Awowole-Brown of Media & Communication Relations, Branding & Communications Department, Dangote Group, the assurance came in the wake of complaints by block moulders from South-West of Nigeria, under the banner of National Association of Block Moulding of Nigeria (NAMBON) that its members found it difficult to get the brand in the market and thus subjecting its members to untold hardship in getting the right cement for block making.
The Block and Concrete moulders who were on a tour of the Dangote Cement, Ibese Plant at Ibese-Yewa in Ogun State lamented that they were finding it increasingly difficult to get block master brand of Dangote Cement which was specifically launched for the block makers.
National President of the Association, Prince Adesegun Banjoko who led the South-West branch of the association to the plant said its members were at loss because major distributors of the Dangote Cement were reluctant to take block master while urging the management to reverse the trend.
As a solution to the problem, the NAMBON President suggested the creation of satellite deports for distribution of the variant so that the block and concrete moulders would easily have access to the products.
In his response, the Ibese Plant Director of Dangote Cement, Mr. Azard Nawabuddin said the product would be made available at any time and assured that the management would look into the problem of scarcity in the market.
He said the company has thousands of tonnes of the product in its silos in the plant and wondered why the block moulders would be complaining of not getting it in the market.
Nawabuddin urged the block moulders to give the company some time to dissect the situation and come to an acceptable solution to the issue, saying, “we are in the business to sell cement, we can’t be producing a brand for you and will be hiding it from you to purchase. Take it from me you will begin to get block masters as soon as possible. Take it from me.”
In his comment, the National Artisan Coordinator, Dangote Cement, Mr. Johnson Olaniyi told the block makers to exercise patience while the solution was being worked out, noting that NAMBON members are important stakeholders who could not be toyed with.
He said the company would roll out the machinery to ensure that the product is readily available in the market, stressing that, “though it does not come cheap, as the block master was specifically produced for them for better quality job and more dividend.”
Olaniyi explained that Dangote Cement has always being in the forefront of quality products and that is the reason there has not been any equal to Block master variant in the market, because it is expensive to produce.
He assured the block makers that Dangote Cement would look into their complaints and come up with practically solution and ensure a win-win situation for all parties.