The Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) will soon upgrade its production plant and convert the source of energy to solid fuels.
Chairman of the company, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, who made this known yesterday at the 50th anniversary of the company in Sokoto, said the board of directors of CCNN had resolved to appoint a consultant to carry out technical study on the existing plant with a view to upgrading it.
He noted that with the Federal Government policy on self sufficiency in cement production, new production lines have come on stream and changed the competition pattern.
Rabiu pointed out that the CCNN's present production line was inaugurated in 1985 and as such, there was the need to upgrade both the technology and capacity in order to remain competitive.
He said arrangements had been concluded to convert the current source of energy to solid fuels, which was cheaper and more readily available.
The chairman explained that the initiative was aimed at making the company bigger and a highly competitive player in the cement industry.
He described the 50th anniversary of the CCNN as a remarkable moment to cherish and celebrate, adding that it was a moment to acknowledge and honour all individuals that contributed immensely to the success recorded in the last 50 years.
Rabiu lauded the late premier of defunct Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, (Sardauna) for the establishment of the cement company, which impacted tremendously in the lives of the people of the state.
"As we celebrate the life of CCNN at 50 years, there is no better time to appreciate the foresight of Sardauna in establishing the company at a time when the country was in a period of transition from colonial rule," he said.
He also commended Governor Aliyu Wamakko and the host communities for their support and protection, which had helped in the growth and viability of the company.
The chairman, therefore, expressed determination of the management to putting all necessary policies and investment in sustaining the viability of the enterprise.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of CCNN, Mr. Alf Karlsen, described the 50 year anniversary as a milestone, saying the organisation had witnessed both good and difficult times.
Karlsen noted that from a limited liability company, the CCNN had transformed into a fully privatised company with 36,000 shareholders.
He thanked the host communities and stakeholders for the support extended to the company over the years.
Also speaking, Wamakko described CCNN as one of the few lasting legacies of the late premier of Northern Nigeria and expressed satisfaction that the company had recorded tremendous progress in the last 50 years.Wamakko, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Sahabi Gada, lauded the company for executing projects in the host communities.
He assured the management of CCNN of government's support towards achieving the desired objectives.