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Dangote Cement gets SON certification on quality, safety standards

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Dangote Cement Plc has received certification from the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for the quality, environmental and safety measures put in place by the company and some business units of the Dangote Group.

According to a statement signed by the Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Devakumar Edwin, the business units were certified for quality management, occupational, health and safety as well as environmental management system.

He added that the company's cement plants in Gboko, Ibese and Obajana had been certified for ISO 9001, quality management system, ISO 14001, environmental management system and BS OHSAS 18001, Occupational Health and Safety Management system.

Other units which have been certified by SON according to Edwin, were Agrosacks Nigeria Limited, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Dangote Salt, Dangote Flour Mills Plc and Dangote Pasta Limited.

'The ISO certification touched on quality, health and safety and environmental management, which are the areas the management does not compromise on for quality products, and safety of the environment within where we operates as well as the well being of employees,' he said.

The statement also stated that Dangote Cement Plc had embarked on a campaign to sensitise members of the public on the liberalisation of its distributorship for equal opportunity.

It added that the company had also started the expansion of its distribution network through the commissioning of more depots across the country with the aim of bringing the product closer to the consumers

Edwin said the era of cement scarcity was over as the volume being produced nationwide had increased with an ongoing capacity expansion drive across Africa.