Speaking at the ceremony, the Managing Director of Dangote Cement Ghana Limited, Mr. Tor Nygard, said the introduction of the Sinotrucks trucks was in response to expansion plans to meet the growing demand of Dangote brand of cement across the country at affordable prices.
He noted that the consignment being “the largest single importation of trucks by a manufacturing company in the country, would create more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs for drivers and more tax income for the government.”
Mr. Nygard added that the company was also investing over $100 million in the construction of a new state of the art cement grinding plant in Takoradi, with the capacity to produce 1.5 million tonnes of cement annually.
“This project to be completed by end of next year, will further strengthen the presence of Dangote Cement business in Ghana and serve as proof of our commitment to the infrastructural development of the country and position us to meet the needs of other countries in West Africa,” he said.
This brings to $180 million the total investment made by the company. Dangote Cement Company which imports powdered cement for bagging at its Tema factory currently employs 700 Ghanaians and produces 21,000 tonnes of cement.
On the quality of the Dangote Cement brand, the Media Relations Manager, Korbla Etornam, said they supply only 4.25 R grade of ordinary Portland cement onto the Ghanaian market. That cement sets rapidly and helps users achieve higher levels of production.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema.