The Ashaka Cement Company has pledged to do more than its official obligation for the development of host communities.
The Managing Director of the Ashaka Cement, located in Ashaka Town of Gombe State, Mallam Rabiu Abdulahi Umar says the company is committed to spending more resources in host communities where it gets its cement ingredients, more than the agreed or signed mandatory agreement with host communities, as directed by the Federal Ministry of Mines.
Umar who stated this during the Customer Loyalty Award in Gombe, explained that the company was obligated to the host communities, so as to keep the peace, as the only way to make progress.
While for the communities to keep the peace, Mallam Umar said the cement company intended to repeat some of the projects and interventions it carries out in one community to the other, such as the clinic, which is under construction, and the 8 kilo metre road constructed in Maiganga.
He said the company had already commenced the construction of the captive power plant, which is an 11 million naira worth 16mega watts coal fibre power plant, intended to be completed this year.
The Managing Director of Ashaka Cement, a subsidiary of Lafarge Africa, says it is a rare occurrence for a cement company to have almost everything it requires to make cement.
Gombe State is blessed with a lot of natural resources, which is not a rhetoric, but a reality, very rarely do you find a cement plant that has all the key ingredients to make cement within radius of two hundred kilo metres, said Mallam Umar.
He said the company had other sites that were about to start and other people it was in discussions with to acquire the rights and royalties to mine.
Mallam Umar however, said Ashaka cement had for now the capacity to survive for the next 50 years.
Source: Voice of Nigeria