Dangote Advocates for the Use of Concrete in Road Construction

Dangote Advocates for the Use of Concrete in Road Construction

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Africa’s foremost business mogul and founder, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has advocated for the use of concrete in road construction projects in Nigeria and West Africa in general.
The business man noted that his company, Dangote Group, at present is constructing a 42.5km Obajana-Kabba Road in Kogi State with the use of concrete in the construction project, adding that the project which is the second longest concrete road construction work has commenced fully.
It will be recalled that the project was awarded to Dangote group by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing recently as part of the economic plans of this present government to boost infrastructural development in Nigeria through massive road construction across the country.
It is gathered that the project is expected to be completed by December 2018, which means that the completion will take about 24 months.
Dangote Group also commissioned the 26 km Itori-Ibese road project in June this year; according to the company, the project is part of the organization’s Corporate Social Responsibility programmes (CRS).
It is further gathered that The Obajana-Kabba concrete road was awarded to the tune of N11.5billion to Dangote Construction Company on tax concession basis at N5.24billion. The N6.2 billion that makes the difference is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility policy (CSR) of the Dangote Group.
At present, Nigeria produces over 40 million metric tonnnes of cement per annum which is the highest in Africa. Experts believe that if Nigeria fully taps into this potential, it has the capability to give a great turnaround to Nigeria’s infrastructural deficit due to abundance of necessary materials.
According to construction experts, concrete roads have a long life span, ranging to forty years or even more compared to asphalt roads that can barely last ten years or twelve years. Furthermore, unlike asphalt roads, a concrete road does not require frequent maintenance and patching.
Concrete roads also have the advantage of not getting deflected under the wheels of loaded trucks, this makes it consumes 15-20 per cent less fuel if compared to asphalt road. It also has resistant to automobile fuel spillage and extreme weather.

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