Association Rejects N7,000 Cement Price Insists On N5,000

A Truck-load Of Cement 
The National Association of Block Moulders of Nigeria (NABMON) has rejected the N7,000 to N8,000 price for bag of 50kg cement.
The National President, Mr Adesegun Banjoko, in a chat with newsmen, argued that cement should sell between N3500 to N5,000.
The group, however, said the agreement between the Federal Government and three major cement manufacturers that a 50kg bag of cement, for now, is not supposed to sell for more than N7,000 to N8,000 is faulty.
Recall that the parties, at a meeting on Monday, said that the ideal price of a 50kg bag of cement for now should be between N7,000.00 and N8,000.00 depending on location.
They agreed that the current higher prices of cement in parts of the country were abnormal.
The main manufacturers of cement in the country are Dangote Plc, BUA Plc, and Lafarge Plc.
According to Banjoko, there is no reason for the price of cement to be sold even at the projected prices, since limestone, which is a key ingredient, is readily available in Nigeria.
He expressed fears that the high price would lead to corner-cutting and building collapse.
The NABMON president expressed the belief that the government and manufacturers could do better and offer lower prices.
He suggested a reduction or elimination of customs duties on other imported materials used in cement production, adding that this would incentivise manufacturers to lower their prices.
He, therefore, proposed a target price of N3,500 to N5,000 per bag.
Banjoko said, “There are three issues that make me disagree with the government and the main manufacturers.
“First, limestone is sourced in Nigeria; agreed they have some few other materials they bring in from abroad. But, if the government is really concerned about life and property lost to building collapse, they should either remove Custom duties on such items or reduce them by half to encourage the manufacturers to come down to between N3, 500 and N5, 000.”
He also advised the government to temporarily halt road construction projects that use cement.
Banjoko said that this would free up available cement for vital projects and potentially reduce demand, leading to lower prices.
The NABMON president warned that the high price of cement had added to the existing tensions in the country.
He urged the government to act cautiously with essential commodities like cement, emphasising its impact on public well-being.

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