Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has commenced the construction of concrete roads starting with the Itori-Ibese concrete road in Ogun State. Other roads will be constructed in Kaduna, Bauchi, Lagos and Kogi States.
Construction of the 24km Itori-Ibese concrete road will be delivered by AG-Dangote Construction Limited in a joint venture with Andrade Gutierrez (AG), a leading construction company in Brazil. When completed, the road project will be the longest stretch of concrete road.
According to the President and Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, cement concrete roads introduction decision in Nigeria is in line with other parts of the world. He further described concrete to have always made the most sense in the long run as no other paving material approaches concrete’s strength and durability in standing up to heavy usage and truck traffic, noting that one of the major infrastructural challenges is the lack of good quality roads.
He noted that concrete had always made the most sense in the long run as no other paving material approaches concrete’s strength and durability in standing up to heavy usage and truck traffic, saying that one of the major infrastructural challenges is the lack of good quality roads.
However, other state governments have already begun to take interest in concrete roads. Additionally, in another CSR initiative Ijora-Apapa Wharf Road in Lagos State, is currently under reconstruction. The road is being constructed using cement concrete and is expected to be completed within a period of 18 months.
Kogi State Obajana-Kabba Road contract has been awarded at a cost of US$57.8m. The 42km road will be constructed using concrete. The federal government has also contributed in delivering the road project by granting the tax waiver on the project, therefore, the project will cost US$28.1m in tax credits and the balance will be donated as part of the CSR.