Dangote Cement Plc has pumped a fresh N50billion into its Gboko plant, while creating almost 1,000 new permanent jobs, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Shree Junnarkar was quoted as saying.
Mr. Junnarkar who spoke weekend at the factory added that the company has raised its annual production to 3.5million tons, and plans to hit four million tons next year.
With four million tons in Gboko, about 10 million in Obajana, six million in Ibese, the Dangote cement production is expected to hit about 20 million tons next year.
“We are expanding the company and aiming at four million tons capacity. The ongoing project would be completed by the first quarter of next year,” Mr. Junnarkar said in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday.
He said since the company was acquired by the Dangote industries, it has introduced modern and sophisticated technology in the running of its factories.
The 1,000 staff according to the company would add up to the over 25,000 workforce on the pay roll of the West Africa’s giant conglomerate-The Dangote Group.
The group had taken delivery of 5,000 trucks in its bid to crash cement prices in Nigeria, an exercise that created 15,000 additional jobs.
The group’s Savannah Sugar Company Limited (SSCL), with staff strength of almost 7,000, is the second largest employer of labour in Adamawa State. The Dangote’s Obajana cement factory also has about 2,,500 permanent staff.
Also speaking, General Manager in charge of Human Capital Management of the Gboko factory, Mr. Marcus Jeremiah, said of the 1,000 permanent employees employed, 780 are Nigerians and the remaining are expatriates.
He said of the 30 management staff, 22 are from the local community of Gboko.
He said 74 per cent of the total staff working in Gboko plant were from Benue State, and 56 per cent of this figure was from the Gboko community.
Mr. Jeremiah said the company has also boosted its corporate social responsibilities around the local communities.
He said the Gboko plant has spent a whopping N140million in the electrification of communities around the factory.
According to him, the company also gives an annual education scholarship of over N10million to students from the community.