Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has commenced the construction of concrete roads in various states across the country including Lagos, Kaduna, Ogun, Kogi and Bauchi.
Chairman of Dangote Cement, Alhaji Aliko Dangote had recently made a case for the federal government to explore the option of concrete roads in the country, saying it would benefit Nigerians in the long run.
Aside from being cost effective, he pointed out that concrete roads are more durable and that its maintenance cost is near zero compared to bitumen roads.
“We are pushing for Nigeria to do a concrete road. It is cheaper to do a concrete road that will last 50 years than to do a bitumen road. It will also help in eliminating corruption because if you go and build a bitumen road, it will have to be adequately maintained unlike a concrete road that is very durable”, Dangote said.
The Executive Director, Stakeholders Relations and Corporation Communications of Dangote Group, Engr. Mansur Ahmed, also canvassed the use of concrete to construct roads in the country recently at a conference in Abuja.
Similarly, a source at the company’s head office in Lagos, expressed excitement over the construction of concrete roads in various states by DIL.
“I can categorically state that we are in more than five states across the country already constructing roads. The reception has been wonderful. State Governments are beginning to see the need to embrace concrete roads and we are very happy at the way things are currently going”, the source disclosed.