Dangote Cement trains block moulders, donates work tools
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