The Cement Manufacturers? Association of Nigeria (CMAN) has asked the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) to ensure standards in the production of alternative cement.

The Executive Secretary of the association, James Salako, gave the advice in an interview in Abuja on Friday.

He said that efforts by the research institute to produce alternative cement, known as Pozzolana cement was a good initiative to boost the construction industry.

Pozzolana cement is alternative cement, which consists of materials such as fly ash, volcanic ash, pumices or any material blend which in the presence of lime and water will react hydraulically to form a mass.

Salako promised that the association would support the initiative of the institute as production of alternative cement was not strange to cement manufacturers.

“We have no objection to anybody producing any type of cement in Nigeria, provided they meet all the conditions set up in the standards. Once they meet the standard, that is fine by us

“As a research institute we will be glad if they come up with some innovations that will improve the cement industry in Nigeria,?? he said.

NAN recalls that the Prof. Danladi Matawal, NBRRI?s Director-General, had said that the institute was in the finishing stage of its pilot plant for the production of the alternative cement in Ota, Ogun.

“The production capacity of the machines is from 2,000 tons to 5,000 tons per day.

“We have installed the machines; what is remaining is simply an electricity extension for them to be test-run,?? Matawal said.

He said that the institute was not competing with other companies to manufacture cement.

He said it was providing a pilot plant in the production of alternative cement that could be used in conjunction with Portland cement to provide affordable housing and other construction work.

Matawal also urged entrepreneurs to partner with the institute to support its commercialisation of the technology for the production of alternative cement.

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