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Kano, Katsina residents cry out over high cost of cement

Kano, Katsina residents cry out over high cost of cement

FILE PHOTO: Cement bags

Some residents of Kano and Katsina States have blamed cement manufacturers over the prevailing scarcity and high cost of cement nationwide.

Some of the residents said that the situation had affected building projects and left bricklayers redundant.

Alhaji Kabiru Idi, a building contractor, said he had delayed some of his projects due to the high cost of building materials.

 

“I want to continue but I had to stop because of the high cost of building materials, including cement,” he explained.

According to him, a bag of cement which cost between N2,650 and N2,750 in 2020 is now sold for N3,650 and N3,750.

Idi added that the situation had forced many people to change their construction plans or suspend the project.

Another contractor, Suraj Najeem, said that he had to review a contract he had with a company because of the high cost of materials particularly cement.

Najeem explained that some block industries had since reduced the quality of their blocks in an attempt to make profit.

Ado Bala, who is building his personal house at the Medile area of Kano, said he had taken a break due to the high cost of cement and other building materials.

“The government needs to find a way to help us so that the poor can own their houses,” he said.



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