FG And Cement Producers agree to set Cement Prices at N7000 to N8000 per bag

Do you know that the Federal Government, together with cement manufacturers such as BUA, Dangote and Larfarge, has set the price range for a 50kg bag of cement at N7000 to N8000 across various locations in the country?

FG And Cement Producers agree to set Cement Prices at N7000 to N8000 per bag

This price adjustment was announced by Senator David Umahi following an extended discussion with key players in the cement industry held in Abuja on Monday.
David Umahi, Minister of Works, has called for a meeting with cement manufacturers over the rising cost of the product. 
The Price of cement has been oscillating between N8000 and N10000 per bag from about N4000 a few weeks ago.
Dangote, BUA, and Lafarge are some of the cement manufacturers summoned by the works ministry.
Despite the agreed price reduction, manufacturers emphasized that the decrease from the current market rates is contingent upon the government commitment to address significant challenges within the sector.
The initiative, spearheaded by President Bola Tinibu, aims to tackle the surge in cement prices, which Senator Umahi described as excessive and counterproductive to the economic growth ambitions of the government.
In his remarks, the minister highlighted several factors responsible for the hike in cement prices which includes, smuggling, poor road conditions, elevated energy expenses and the foreign exchange dilemma.
He, however, noted the manufacturer’s willingness to reduce prices provided these issues are effectively addressed by government interventions.
He stated, “Ideally, they noted that cement price and retail price to a consumer should not cost more than between N7000 and N8000 per 50 kg bag of cement”.


“Therefore, the government and the cement manufacturers, which is Dangote Plc, BUA Pls and Lafarge Plc, have agreed to peg their cement price nationwide between N7000 and N8000 per 50 kg bag of cement, depending on the location”.
“Which means that this price depends on the location. Going forward, the government advised manufacturers to set up a price monitoring mechanism to ensure compliance with the prices that are set today.”
What this portrays for the country
In the past few weeks, the price of a 50 kg bag of cement increased to an all-time high of over N9500 across different cities in the country. The cause of the hike has been attributed to increase energy cost and other operational expenses.
A market survey by valentine202.com last week revealed that the price of cement in many retail outlets across Lagos has increase to N9500 and for some brands, at N10000. Multiple reports in the media noted that the price of the commodity had surge to between N12000 and N15000 in Abuja and other cities in the country. This necessitated the meeting between the works minister and the cement producers.
The minister of works, Senator Dave Umahi had earlier stated his intention to build roads across the country with concrete rather than the traditional asphalt.
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