President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has disclosed that his conglomerate is planning to build a $600 million cement plant in Kenya as part of its expansion project in Africa.
The Group Chief Executive made this disclosure during the visit of the Kenyan Deputy Prime Minister, Wiliam Ruto, to Dangote Cement Obajana plant in Kogi State recently.
Dangote said the three million metric tonnes factory may start operation very soon because preparatory arrangements have commenced.
He expressed satisfaction with the level support and partnership from the government of Kenya.
On his part, Kenyan Deputy Prime Minister said he was impressed with what he saw at the Obajana factory, considered to be one of the biggest cement factories in the world.
He said: “I am now convinced that we are dealing with the right person. I am really impressed with what I have seen here. I am convinced that as soon as the remaining two licenses are secured and the company is established it will create jobs for our people back home.
“I also want to assure Alhaji Aliko Dangote that Kenya is a peaceful and friendly country to do business”, he said.
On the entourage of the Deputy Prime Minister were: the Kenya’s Secretary of Information and Communication, Dr Fred Natiang; Secretary of Industrialization Mr. Adam Muhammad; Chief of Staff to Deputy PM, Mr. Marrianne Keitanany, Director of Communication Mr. Emmanuel Talam, Secretary of Policy Mr. Peter Karinki, member of parliament Hon. Annah Kenyata and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister Mrs Phannie Mogaka.
Dangote Cement Plc has three plants in Nigeria. They are the Obajana Cement Plant which produces about 10.25 million metric tonnes, the Ibese plant which produces six million metric tonnes and the Gboko plant which produces about four million metric tonnes.