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FG to fix roads, reduce import duties to crash cement price

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The Federal Government has announced plans to prioritize road repairs and explore solutions for reducing gas costs and import duties, aiming to decrease the soaring prices of cement across the country.
 

This resolution was part of the agreement reached at a meeting between the government and leading cement producers on Monday in Abuja. 

Senator David Umahi, the Minister of Works, alongside Mrs. Doris Uzoka-Anite, the Minister of Trade and Investment, and representatives from the three major cement companies Dangote Plc, BUA Plc, and Lafarge Plc signed the communiqué. 

Resolutions from the Communique 

The document highlights that the government is aware of the difficulties outlined by the manufacturers, such as the cost of gas, elevated import duties on spare parts, poor road infrastructure, significant foreign exchange rates, and the smuggling of cement into neighbouring countries. 

  • Moreover, the meeting ended with a resolution that the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment would pursue remedies from President Bola Tinubu for the issues of gas pricing and import duties.
  • Also, the Federal Ministry of Works will focus more on road maintenance, especially near the sites of the manufacturing companies.
  • To address the problem of cement smuggling, the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment will strengthen its discussions with the National Security Adviser to devise strategies for stopping the activity. 

It was also agreed that the current high cement price was abnormal in some locations nationwide. 

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