Cement manufacturers in Nigeria have reached an agreement with Federal Government to reduce the price of the product to between N7,000 and N8,000 per 50kg bag, varying depending on the location across the country.

The manufacturers present also affirmed their preparedness to further reduce prices in the future once the Government’s intervention is implemented.

The agreement was reached during a meeting convened by the Minister of Works, Senator David Umahi, on Monday in Abuja.

“The cement manufacturers and the Government noted that the current high price of cement is abnormal in some locations nationwide.  Ideally, cement retail prices should not cost more than ₦7,000.00 to ₦8,000.00/ 50kg bag of cement,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Therefore, the three cement manufacturers: Dangote Cement Plc, BUA Cement Plc and Larfarge Africa Plc have agreed that cement cost will not be more than between ₦7,000.00 and ₦8,000.00/50kg bag depending on the location.”

“Going forward, the government advised cement manufacturers to set up a price monitoring mechanism to ensure compliance, and manufacturers have willingly accepted to do so and to sanction any of her distributors or retailers found wanting.

“The government expects the agreed price to drop after securing government’s interventions on the challenges of the manufacturers on gas, import duty, smuggling, and better road network. The meeting agreed to reconvene in 30 days to review progress made,” it added.

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