Dangote Cement, Africa’s largest cement company, opened its 1.5mtpa capacity cement plant in Mfila, Congo Brazzaville. The new plant is estimated at $300 million and has potentials for about 1000 direct employment and thousands of several other indirect jobs.

According to Denis Sassou Nguesso, the president of Congo Brazzaville, his government has observed the operations of Dangote cement in other African countries and it has helped buoyed their economies by sparking off other allied industries, as he expressed the hope that Congo situation would not be an exception.

The cement plant comes at a time when total government revenues have plummeted by 31.3 percent and revenues from the oil sector have fallen 65.1 percent since 2015 due to a slide in global crude prices.

Dangote cement has so far commissioned cement plants in four African countries namely: Ethiopia, Zambia, Cameroun and Tanzania. The Congo-Brazzaville plant, which began operations in the third quarter of 2017, will be the fifth cement plant that would be inaugurated in the last two years.