Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has commenced the construction of concrete roads in various states across the country. Sources at the company’s head office revealed that the company has already commenced construction of roads in Lagos, Bauchi, Kogi, Kaduna and Ogun state among many others.
The source said: “We are very happy at the moment. 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.
Chairman of Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote recently reiterated his plea to the federal government to consider the use of concrete roads in the country. Africa’s richest man said it will benefit Nigerians and even the federal government to embrace the option of using concrete for roads in the country. Aside from being very cheap, he said concrete roads are more durable and that its maintenance cost is near zero.
He said: “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’s Executive Director Stakeholders Relations and Corporation Communications, Engr Mansur Ahmed, also canvassed the use of concrete to construct roads in the country recently at a conference in Abuja.
He said: “Using concrete to make roads is a choice that Nigeria must make.”