Price of Cement Not High at N5,000—BUA Cement Owner

September 1, 2023
BUA Cement

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The chairman of BUA Cement Plc, Mr Abdul-Samad Rabiu, has dismissed talks by Nigerians and the federal government that the price of a 50kg bag of cement, currently selling between N5,000 and N5,500 in some parts of the country, is not high.

Nigeria has limestone, which is used for the production of cement, in abundance.

BUA Cement is one of the notable brands in the cement sector of the economy, competing with Dangote Cement, Lafarge Africa, and others.

A few days ago, during a tour of projects across the country, the Minister of Works, Mr Dave Umahi, expressed frustrations at the high cost of cement in the country. He also said most contractors were not happy with the development.

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of BUA Cement on Thursday in Abuja, Mr Rabiu, who inherited the business empire of his family, blamed the foreign exchange (FX) for the high cost of the product.

“The price of cement at N5,000 is not high. If we look at the rate of the US dollar today, importing cement will be at N5,000.

“The cement cost, insurance and freight to any port in Nigeria will be in the region of about $100 a tonne. So, at $100 per tonne, if you take N800 to $1 then it will be N4,000 per bag. Then the port cost and transportation from the port,” he told shareholders present at the gathering.

The BUA Cement boss, however, assured that the company would make efforts to bring down the prices to between N4,500 and N4,800 by increasing its production capacity.

“I understand that the Minister is quite concerned that the price of cement is high at almost N5,000 per tonne. I appreciate where the government is coming from and the frustration from all the issues in the country,” he said.

“It’s not that the government wants to import cement, but they are frustrated that the price of cement is high. What we told our shareholders is that we will engage with the government to support it,” he added.

Mr Rabiu further said, “Even though we know that the price of cement is high, it will not be cheaper if imported.

“We have two lines coming up by the end of the year, the Obu line 3 and the Sokoto line 5, that will give us a combined capacity of six million tonnes.”

“By the time we have those two lines active with the current one, we will have about 17 million tonnes per annum. We are going to reduce the prices of cement once these two lines are up and running. This is the promise we are making to Nigerians,” he assured.

Mr Rabiu, while commenting on the performance of the organisation in the 2022 fiscal year, said BUA Cement outperformed its peers in cement volume growth, stating that revenue increased by 40.3 per cent to N361.9 billion from N257.3 billion in 2021.

He added that the post-tax profit appreciated by 12.1 per cent to N101.1 billion from N90.1 billion in 2021.

At the AGM, shareholders of the company approved the recommendation of the board for the payment of N2.80 as a dividend for the year, higher than the N2.60 paid in the preceding year.

Aduragbemi Omiyale

Aduragbemi Omiyale is a journalist with Business Post Nigeria, who has passion for news writing. In her leisure time, she loves to read.

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