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In recent years, Nigeria has experienced significant fluctuations in cement prices, posing challenges for those involved in the construction industry. This blog post aims to provide a clear and updated overview of the current cement market in Nigeria, including prices, major brands, and the factors contributing to this volatility.

Understanding the Price Landscape:

Cement prices in Nigeria vary based on different brands and locations. As of now, the price per bag ranges from ₦3,800 to ₦4,200, with wholesale prices spanning ₦2,200,000 to ₦2,450,000 for 600 bags, contingent on the manufacturer. Below is a snapshot of popular cement brands and their corresponding prices:

  • Dangote Cement: ₦2,350,000 to ₦2,450,000 (Wholesale), ₦3,900 to ₦4,200 (Retail)
  • Ibeto Cement: ₦2,200,000 to ₦2,400,000 (Wholesale), ₦3,900 to ₦4,100 (Retail)
  • Lafarge Cement (WAPCO): ₦2,250,000 to ₦2,400,000 (Wholesale), ₦3,850 to ₦4,150 (Retail)
  • Reagan Cement: ₦2,300,000 to ₦2,500,000 (Wholesale), ₦4,000 to ₦4,200 (Retail)
  • Eagle Cement: ₦2,200,000 to ₦2,400,000 (Wholesale), ₦3,800 to ₦4,100 (Retail)
  • UNICEM: ₦2,200,000 to ₦2,400,000 (Wholesale), ₦3,850 to ₦4,100 (Retail)
  • Cellular Concrete: ₦2,300,000 to ₦2,500,000 (Wholesale), ₦4,000 to ₦4,200 (Retail)
  • Ashaka Cement: ₦2,300,000 to ₦2,450,000 (Wholesale), ₦3,900 to ₦4,100 (Retail)
  • BUA Cement: ₦2,250,000 to ₦2,400,000 (Wholesale), ₦3,850 to ₦4,050 (Retail)

Major Players in the Industry:

  1. Dangote Cement Plc: Owned by the Dangote Group, it is the largest cement producer in Nigeria with a production capacity of 10.25mmtpa.
  2. Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria: A significant player producing about 12mmtpa, with plans to reach 18mmtpa by 2023. Lafarge has plants in Ogun, Gombe, Cross River, and Rivers states.
  3. Ibeto Cement: Operating since 2005, Ibeto Cement has a production plant in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and owns 60% of Nigeria Cement Company Plc (NIGERCEM) in Ebonyi State.
  4. BUA Cement Group: A major player with plants in both Northern and Southern Nigeria, capable of producing up to 2 million metric tonnes per annum.

Factors Influencing Price Instability:

Several factors contribute to the fluctuating cement prices in Nigeria:

  • Epileptic Power Supply: The reliance on expensive alternative power sources for cement production due to unreliable electricity supply.
  • High Maintenance Costs: The costly maintenance of cement manufacturing facilities and automation machinery.
  • High Distribution Costs: The weight of cement makes transportation expensive, impacting the final retail price.
  • Government Policies: Perceived as hostile, government policies and multiple taxes add to the production costs borne by manufacturers.
  • Other Factors: Including technological inadequacies and economic conditions.


Staying informed about the dynamic cement market in Nigeria is crucial for builders and stakeholders. As the industry grapples with various challenges, understanding the pricing landscape and adapting to market dynamics will empower individuals and organizations in making informed decisions. Whether you’re a potential homeowner, civil engineer, or industry expert, this guide aims to provide clarity amid the complexities of Nigeria’s cement market.

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