Dan­gote Ce­ment trains block moul­ders, do­nates work tools

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Kay­ode Ogun­wale

Dan­gote Ce­ment last week in As­aba, Delta State, do­nated work tools in­clud­ing wheel bar­rows, shov­els, rain­boots and hand gloves to block moul­ders in the state.

The do­na­tion was part of a work­shop de­signed to train block moul­ders in the state, as well as em­power them to adopt cur­rent best prac­tices in the industry.

Co­or­di­na­tor, Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Nige­ria (SON), Edo and Delta states, Mr. Ojo Akogu who de­liv­ered the key­note pa­per at the work­shop, com­mended Dan­gote Ce­ment for its sup­port and col­lab­o­ra­tion in train­ing ar­ti­sans and block moul­ders. Akogu stated that the ef­forts of the ce­ment com­pany in train­ing block moul­ders would have a far-reach­ing im­pact on ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

To him, “SON is thrilled and ex­cited that the work­shop for block moul­ders by Dan­gote Ce­ment came up. The work­shop is to en­lighten and ed­u­cate block moul­ders. Dan­gote Ce­ment is cre­at­ing aware­ness at the grass­roots of the build­ing industry through ed­u­cat­ing block moul­ders”.

A par­tic­i­pant and man­ager, Lar­fe­nax Nige­ria En­ter­prises As­aba, God­win Muoneke de­scribed the work­shop as eye open­ing. He said, “the idea of com­ing up with the work­shop is com­mend­able. It has broad­ened our knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing in the use of ce­ment es­pe­cially in block mak­ing. We have been ed­u­cated.”

Mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion to the block moul­ders, the Re­gional Man­ager, Mar­ket­ing Ser­vices of Dan­gote Ce­ment, John­son Olaniyi, told them that the ges­ture was one of the many in­cen­tives lined up by the fore­most in­dige­nous ce­ment gi­ant to help them boost their busi­ness.

Olaniyi ex­plained the do­nated items were meant to en­able the block moul­ders at­tain the nec­es­sary stan­dards in their work which, he said, was nec­es­sary to en­sure safety of build­ings as well as curb the menace of sub-stan­dard blocks which con­trib­ute to build­ing col­lapse.

He said con­trary to what some quacks are say­ing, ce­ment blocks con­trib­ute to the safety and strength of a build­ing, hence the need to take great care in terms of the com­po­nents used in mould­ing them.

He ad­vised the block mak­ers to al­ways sieve the sand they use in block mak­ing in or­der to re­move all em­bed­ded de­bris which would af­fect the strength of the blocks if re­tained. He also asked them to use wa­ter free from salt and oil con­tam­i­nants while mak­ing blocks.

Olaniyi in­formed the block mak­ers of the sev­eral ben­e­fits they stand to gain by us­ing only Dan­gote Ce­ment in their busi­nesses. He also as­sured the block mak­ers that Dan­gote Ce­ment was putting in place ad­e­quate checks and mea­sures to pre­vent adulteration of the prod­uct.

The elated block moul­ders were full of praises and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the items which, they said, would en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity and stan­dard­iza­tion of their prod­ucts.

Uju Ifeze, a fe­male op­er­a­tor who operates a block mak­ing fac­tory, lauded Dan­gote Ce­ment for com­ing to their aid. Ifeze saw it a good de­vel­op­ment that Dan­gote Ce­ment was giv­ing back to block moul­ders who form a sub­stan­tial por­tion of ce­ment users. To her, safety stan­dards will im­prove be­cause many block mak­ers who are not us­ing rain boots and hand gloves in their work be­fore now have them as gifts from Dan­gote Ce­ment.

For Kene Okoro, “it is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment which will help moul­ders a lot.” Okoro said “a lot of moul­ders do not have wheel bar­rows; they just make as­sump­tions while mix­ing sand and ce­ment but with the wheel bar­rows in place, stan­dards will im­prove and busi­ness will im­prove.”

Dan­gote Ce­ment Plant at Oba­jana, Kogi State

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