Launches block making academy
Twenty-five block makers in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County on Saturday, May 12, received certificates of achievement, following a day-long intensive block production training.
The training, which is CEMENCO Block Maker Academy Program’s first edition out of Monrovia, is an initiative embarked upon by the company aimed at teaching block makers how to make quality blocks by knowing the number of materials to produce a block.
According to the management, the block making training is being carried out once a month in all the fifteen counties and subsequently, it would be carried out two to three times a month.
Mr. Nathaniel Pritchard, the Safety, Health and Environment Team Manager at CEMENCO, told the participants that one of the company’s top most priorities is the adherence to safety measures.
Pritchard named health and safety, environmental and quality as CEMENCO’s targeted policies, which he recalled, the company has been doing since 1968.
He then urged the participants to always adhere to safety measures, saying it is cardinal for the safety and enhancement of block production.
The Sales Manager of CEMENCO, Madam Vivian Saamoi, said the training is intended to enhance quality block making.
Vivian pointed out that the ingenuity is also in line with President George Manneh Weah’s “Pro-Poor” Agenda, and it is part of CEMENCO’s Corporate Social Responsibility to the people of Grand Bassa County and Liberia by extension.
“Having realized that majority of those who use our cement, is the block makers, we decided to open the CEMENCO Block Maker Academy Program to help you improve in the production of block making, ” the CEMENCO’s Sales Manager said.
“From this exercise today, the 2,500 blocks you will produce will be given as part of our corporate social responsibility towards the building of the old folks home here, which is to be constructed by the Clar Weah Foundation. We are doing this because if the pro- poor agenda is to succeed, it needs the effort of every one of us,” she, among other things, added.
Making a presentation on cement production and quality, CEMENCO’s Production Manager, Mr. Wesley Tarnue, like Vivian, also emphasized that the training is the company’s own way of helping block makers to make quality bricks for the people of Liberia.
Tarnue drilled the participants through the standards involved in making lasting bricks for their customers, stressing that though the process is a tedious one, they are capable of doing it if they are willing.
He explained to the trainees the types of cement that CEMENCO is producing, bragging that the highest quality of cement is produced at the Liberia-owned company-CEMENCO.
But the CEMENCO’s Production Manager was quick to point out that, “because many people miss out on the exact measurement to use in order to make more profit, the end product is most of the time not guaranteed.”
Also speaking at the training program, Mr. Robert O. Marshall, Logistic and Shipping Manager of CEMENCO, encouraged the block makers and Liberians to always use CEMENCO made cement, because it is of high quality.
“In addition of our high quality, we are Liberian owned and so our contribution to the nation’s economy is by far greater than any cement company,” Marshall boasted.
In addition to the training, the company also donated 250 bags of cement, 25 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), 25 pairs of boots, 25 pieces of wheelbarrows and other equipment to the 25 participants of the training and the block factories which they represent.
The CEMENCO’s official reaffirmed that CEMENCO remains a partner to the development agenda of the Government of Liberia (GOL), making specific reference to President George Manneh Weah’s “Pro-Poor Agenda.”
He then disclosed that the CEMENCO Block Maker Academy Program next outside edition will be launched in Ganta City, Nimba County at the end of the month.
Grand Bassa County Information Officer, Mr. Eddie Williams, speaking on behalf of the county authorities, said the training program of CEMENCO is truly in line with the “Pro-Poor Agenda of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led- Administration.”
He urged the trainees to use the acquired skills properly for the growth and development of their county and the nation at large.
Mr. Emmanuel Garduor, who is a distributor of CEMENCO products in the county, on behalf of the participants, lauded the company for contributing to their human resource development.
Gardiner vowed that the donated equipment will be properly used for their intended purposes.