DANGOTE GROUP COMPLETES NIGERIA’S NIGERIA’S LONGEST CONCRETE ROAD – BY NEWSWIRE EDITOR, AUSTIN INYANG
Top engineers say it is the first of its kind in Nigeria, describing the 43km Obajana-Kabba road as the country’s most strategic highway, aiding travellers between the North and the South. Project director Olatunbosun Kalejaiye said he was excited that the Corporate Social Responsibility Project is being delivered for use by Nigerians, while Site Engineer Samuel Obosi assured that the dual carriage way will be durable and less susceptible to potholes and constant repairs like asphalt roads. .
Motorists said it is now one of the busiest roads linking the two regions in the country, while residents of various communities along the route say it has led to a boom in business activities in their communities.
Worried by the huge sums of money used in road repairs, President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote had said plans were afoot 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,” Mr. Dangote had said.
Speaking at the commissioning, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, noted that the strides made by the Dangote Group demonstrated the unwavering commitment of an indigenous investor towards the industrialization of Nigeria. A statement from the Dangote Group said: “Concrete road 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 added that it was part of the Group’s determination to support government and Nigerians in order to grow the economy and facilitate ease of doing business.