The management of Dangote Cement Plc has assured block moulders across the country of the availability of the blockmaster brand of its product, saying efforts have been put in place to produce more of the variant to make it readily available.
The assurance came in the wake of complaints by block moulders from South-West under the banner of members of the 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 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 a loss over why major distributors of the Dangote Cement were reluctant to take block master and urged 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 have access to the products easily.
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 time to dissect the situation and come to an acceptable solution to the issue saying “we are in the business to sell cement, we cat be producing a brand for you and will be hiding it from you to purchase. Take it from me you will beging 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 blockmakers to exercise patient while the solution was being worked out noting that the 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, “though it does nt come cheap, as the blockmaster was specifically produced for them for better quality and more yield.”
Olaniyi explained that Dangote Cement has always being in the forefront of quality product and that is the reason there has not been any equivalent of Blockmaster 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 practical solution and ensure it’s a win-win situation for all parties.