CEO Today - Africa Awards 2023

Nigeria | 33 BUA Cement Plc is the result of a merger between CCNN Plc and Obu Cement Company Plc (formerly Obu Cement Company Limited). Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) was incorporated in 1962 and commenced operations in 1967, with an installed capacity of 100,000 mtpa at Kalambaina, Sokoto State. Today, with a combined installed capacity of 11mmtpa (Obu plant, 6mmtpa and Kalambaina plant, 5mmtpa), BUA Cement Plc is the largest cement producer in the North-West, South-South and South-East regions of Nigeria. It is also now the secondlargest producer of cement in the country with its commissioning of the 3mtpa line-4 at Sokoto State in January 2022, along with a 50MW gas power plant to increase the captive power available for its operations. Currently, the company is on the verge of making new additions to its output stock with the construction of a 3mtpa plant each in Obu and Sokoto and further supported by a 70MW gas power plant for each, which is expected to raise the installed capacity to 17 mtpa by 2024. With this expansion, BUA Cement Plc s is well-positioned to cater to the cement needs of Nigerians, with further considerations to deepen its presence across the West Africa landscape. Please tell us a little about your role. As Managing Director of BUA Cement, I oversee the day-to-day operations of the company from the company headquarters in Lagos. As you may be aware BUA operates two cement factories, namely the Obu plant in the South-South and Sokoto plant in the North-West, of Nigeria. It is my pivotal responsibility to ensure seamless strategic leadership delivery at the top while at the same time complementing the management teams at the plant level as the Chief Executive. I have effectively developed and maintained an excellent relationship with the Board of Directors, working harmoniously over the years with a focus on increasing value for the shareholders. Yusuf Haliru Binji, a Nigerian, born on 23 March 1968, is the Managing Director of BUA Cement. He is a chemical engineer with degrees from Ahmadu Bello University and the University College, London. He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers and Nigerian Society of Mining Engineers. Yusuf has over 30 years’ working experience in various organisations, including Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), BUA International Limited, Obu Cement Company Limited and others. He was Managing Director of Obu Cement Company in 2017 before moving to Cement Company of Northern Nigeria as the Managing Director in 2018. In December 2019, he was announced as the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of BUA Cement, the new entity formed by the merger between Obu Cement and CCNN.

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