AS part of his social responsibility for tapping raw materials to feed its cement factory at Obajana in Lokoja local government of Kogi state, the Dangote Groups has completed 43kms Obajana-Kabba road, Nigeria’s longest rigid pavement in the state.
A statement from the Corporate Communications Department of the Dangote Group, which was made available to journalists in Lokoja yesterday, said it is part of the Group’s determination to support the government and Nigerians in order to grow the economy and facilitate ease of doing business.
“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 tires from wear and tears”, the statement stressed.
According to Aliko Dangote, the president of Dangote group of companies, worried by the huge sum of money used in road repair, 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”, Dangote stressed.
In the words of EngineerOlatunbosun O. Kalejaiye, the Project Director of the road project, the Corporate Social Responsibility Project is being delivered for use, adding that the rigid pavement for Obajana-Kabba road has been completed, with the dressing of the shoulders in progress.
Explaining, further, the Site Engineer, Samuel Obosi assured that the dual carriageway will be durable and less susceptible to potholes and repairs like asphalt road, stressing that it would crash the rate of road accident in the country.
The 43KMs Obajana-Kabba road constructed by Dangote Industries Limited DIL, has been described by motorists as the country’s most strategic highway that is aiding travelers between the North and the South.
According to Site Engineer, Samuel Obosi, the dual carriageway will be durable and less susceptible to potholes and repairs like asphalt road, assuring that it would crash the rate of road accident in the country.
In the same vein, Motorists posited that it is one of the busiest roads linking the two regions in the country.
“Thank God it is a concrete road. It can withstand any heavy-duty vehicle,” Alhaji Lamidi Sikiru, a driver expressed while speaking to journalists.
Accordingly, John Moses, a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, said his taxi business is booming, compared to when the road was very deplorable with potholes, and barely used by motorists.
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