President of the Dangote Group Alhaji Aliko Dangote has said his conglomerate is planning to build a $600 million cement plant in Kenya.
Dangote made the disclosure during the visit of the Kenyan deputy prime minister, William Ruto, to Dangote Cement Obajana plant in Kogi State on Friday.
Dangote said the 3 million metric ton factory may start operation within months.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of support and partnership from the government of Kenya.
The 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 licences 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."
On the entourage of the deputy prime minister were: Kenya's secretary of information and communication Dr Fred Natiang, secretary of industrialization Mr Adam Muhammad, chief of staff to the 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 10.25million metric tons, the Ibese plant which produces 6 million metric tons and the Gboko plant which produces about 4 million metric tons.
The cement company also has presence in some other African countries like Tanzania, Niger Republic, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon and Zambia.