Minister for Trade and Industry Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen has urged Ghanaians to support Dzata Cement Limited by patronizing their cement.
Mr Kyerematen made the appeal on Monday, May 10, 2021, when he and some government officials toured the factory at Tema.
“I’m appealing to Ghanaians to support the factory. It’s in line with the vision of President Akufo-Addo in helping indigenous entrepreneurs. Let’s support the first-ever wholly Ghanaian owned cement factory,” he said in an ainterview with the press.
The visit was to enable Mr Kyerematen to have first-hand information on the cement producing plant, located on a 10-acre land near the Tema Port.
Dzata Cement Limited is wholly Ghanaian-owned cement production factory established by businessman Ibrahim Mahama who is a younger brother of former president John Mahama.
Its construction began in 2011, and the factory is now fully complete with production line ready for the market demand.
Located on a 10-acre land near the Tema Port, Dzata cement has the capacity to produce an average of 120 bags per minute from the two production lines which means its installed capacity can produce two million tonnes of cement annually.
The first fully owned indigenous cement factory currently employs 400 people directly.
Phase one of the factory which is currently completed produces the jumbo bags which is setting the pace for the take off of the second phase and that of phase 3, which will focus on grinding of the raw materials used .
Samples of the cement have been tried and tested to ensure fineness, consistency, soundness, heat of hydration amongst others.
The bagged cement product is packaged beautifully with an embossment of a lion’s (Dzata) image.This will be the highest single cement facility in Ghana when fully operational.
Mr Alan Kyeremanteng said after the domination of the industry by monopoly and other foreign companies coming it, it is commendable that a Ghanaian businessman has ventured into the sector with huge potential for government benefit.
Managing Director of Dzata Cement, Nana Archer who also briefed the media said the plant will treble its capacity when the second and third phases are complete to meet local demand.