The managements of Lafarge Africa, cement manufacturing plants at Ewekoro and Sagamu, Ogun State, have cried out against the inadequate supply of gas to power their plants. The Production Managers, Segun Shoyoye and Hannes Diedericks respectively, who jointly spoke to journalists last week, disclosed that due to the worrisome situation, the two plants had shut down production for the past six weeks.
According to them, the bad situation, which began six months ago forced the plants to produce far below capacity till “we were forced to shut down the Sagamu plant for six weeks.” They spoke when officials from the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), led by the Acting Director-General (DG), Mr. Paul Angya, paid an inspection visit to the two plants. The duo lamented that acute shortage of gas and foreign exchange had seriously affected the operations of manufacturers in the country and urged the Federal Government to take urgent steps to address the situation before many industries completely closed down.
Shoyoye said: “The twin problems of non-availability of gas and foreign exchange are impeding full capacity production in the manufacturing industry. We can say we have some challenges, but the major issue is lack of gas supply because of the blowing up of oil and gas pipelines by militants in the Niger Delta region. We are now using a mixture of gas and black oil for our operations, which is highly costly, and also down rates our production from 100 per cent to 75 percent in the Ewekoro plant. This has been on since February. “During the month of May, we had to stop production in the Sagamu plant for six weeks. Before then, we had been producing 3,000 tonnes per day, but now, we are doing about 1,000 tonnes per day because of the fuel issue. But, I want to say that we will soon get over it because of our investment in alternative source of energy in our plants,” Shoyoye added…Read more