The longest concrete road in Nigeria is to become real at the end of 2018, the Dangote Group has said.
Managing Director of AG-Dangote Construction Company, Ashif Juma, said that the 44 kilometres Obajana- Kabba concrete road project would be completed in December this year as planned.
Juma disclosed this over the weekend at the project saying so far 33km earthwork and 22KM concrete pavement have been accomplished. “We will deliver the project by December this year”, he stated.
He commended Dangote for what road users described as Nigeria’s longest rigid pavement road project now close to completion. Motorists travelling from northern part to the south said the road has started supporting vehicular movements across the regions.
He emphasized that the 44 km Obajana- Kabba Road in Kogi State is said to be the longest concrete road project in Nigeria.
Speaking, a businessman from northern Nigeria, Ibrahim Dantsoho, who commended Dangote president, Aliko Dangote, described the project as a big relief, saying it has already eased travelling and connectivity across the regions.
Dantsoho equally urged Nigerian governments at all levels to switch over to construction of concrete road instead of asphalt as it is far superior, durable and cheaper, adding that it does not require frequent maintenance.
A human right activist and consultant, Abdullahi A.Umar, who said he normally travels through Okene in Kogi State, said he now uses the Obajana-Kabba Road, calling on other companies to emulate the Dangote Group.
Motorists who spoke to our reporter commended Dangote and urged federal and state governments to partner Dangote Group in road construction. They called for a timely completion of the project, saying it would make transportation and businesses across the two regions easier.
According to statement from the Corporate Communications Department of the Dangote Group; “Concrete roads last longer than asphalt roads and do not have potholes. It does not require frequent maintenance as asphalt roads. It saves fuel for motorists and protects tyres from wear and tears.”
The statement further said it is part of the group’s determination to support government and Nigerians in order to grow the economy and facilitate ease of doing business, adding that the Obajana-Kabba rigid pavement road project is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) of the Dangote Group Plc.
Worried by the huge sum of money used in road repairs, president of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, had said plans were on to revolutionize Nigerian roads with concrete, stressing that resources used in road repairs and maintenance would be channeled to other more important needs of the nation.
“We are going to be building concrete roads in the country so that anytime we build a road, we do not have to go back to repair after the third raining season, but move on and use the resources to address other pressing needs of Nigeria,” Dangote said.
The statement also disclosed that Dangote Group had earlier commissioned the 26 km Itori-Ibese Concrete Road. This he said is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS).
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, was quoted to say that that the stride by the Dangote Group demonstrated the unwavering commitments of an indigenous investor towards the industrialization of Nigeria.