CEMENT Technology Institute of Nigeria (CTIN ), an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria, made headlines when it was launched nine years ago, specifically in 2010.
Its establishment was well greeted by stakeholders in the cement and construction Industry.
This was due to the anticipated benefits to the country, top among them is to boost the quality of cement production in Nigeria.
Recall that at the inauguration ceremony of the Institute, the then Minister for Commerce and Industry, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, said “this Institute would serve as a base to make cement adequate and available as a low cost building material for the average Nigerian. We are partnering with relevant stakeholders to see that this Institute becomes a reality.”
The Minister pointed out that the Institute would be a fulcrum for positioning the country as a net exporter of cement with a capacity of meeting the needs of the ECOWAS sub – region and beyond.
Eventually, in 2013, the Federal Government set up Board of Trustee (BoT) and the Project Implementation Team (PIT) for the CTIN.
At the event, Dr. Olusegun Aganga , who had taken over the ministry and had changed its name to Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, inaugurated the Board chaired by the President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, while the Chairman of the PIT will was Alhaji Lateef G Salami, a Director of the Industrial Development department in the ministry.
* The CTI will carry out research and development, technology adaptation and develop human capabilities. ,
*To train and enhance manpower in cement technology and related fields especially at the middle management level;
*To undertake research and development in the areas of suitable alternative technologies in cement manufacturing; promoting the use of local raw materials for cement manufacturing.
*The development of specialised cements; improving and increasing the use of mineral admixtures; and the development of cleaner and more environmentally – friendly production processes, waste management systems and energy conservation methods.
*The CTI will work closely with other institutes and will run as a non -governmental organisation with the BoT members drawn from both government and major stakeholders in the cement industry.
Finding further showed that sometime in 2014, CTIN started to work. It signed a partnership agreement with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to commence the first phase of training 3,000 artisans and craftsmen in the construction industry.
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman, Board of Trustees of CTIN, said that the 15 percent import levy the federal government mandated cement importers to pay since 2011 till –date have accumulated to N15 billion.
“We are going to start using the money to among other things “train and enhance manpower in cement technology and related fields; to liaise with other relevant institutions and bodies with a view to enhancing cement technology development,” he said.
He explained that the collaboration between CTIN and ITF is aimed at achieving the following objectives: “To organise and conduct training programmes for artisans and craftsmen in the building industry; to determine specific needs and opportunity for capacity building and process improvement for artisans and craftsmen that use cement to execute their work; to promote professionalism, proficiency and actualization of the training to – work initiative and entrepreneurship so as to discourage the importation of foreign artisans and craftsmen from neighbouring countries and to complement the success of transformation agenda of the present administration in the area of youth empowerment and employment generation.”
Industry watchers say nowadays, nothing is being heard of the CTIN; it’s operational office /Secretariat, including website, is not known.
They also are wondering who is following up what projects and giving feedbacks to the chairman and the government? How is it tracking progress made, challenges and way forward, etc,