Construction work on the longest concrete road project in Nigeria is set to kick off. Dangote Group has been awarded the contract for the Nigeria’s longest rigid pavement on the Obajana-Kabba road project in Kogi State.
According to a statement issued by Ashif Juma, the Managing Director of AG-Dangote Construction Company, the project will be completed as agreed.
The 44km Obajana- Kabba road is said to be the longest concrete road project ever constructed in Nigeria. Moreover, the project is also one of the country’s roads that will link the North and the South of Nigeria.
Advantage of concrete
Dangote Group has urged the Nigerian government to switch over to constructing roads using concrete instead of asphalt. It describes concrete as superior, durable and cheaper, and it does not require frequent maintenance. Other companies are also called to emulate the Dangote Group.
“Concrete roads last longer than asphalt roads and do not translate to potholes. They do not require frequent maintenance as asphalt roads. It saves fuel for motorists and protects tyres from wear and tear. It is part of the Group’s determination to support government and Nigerians to grow the economy and facilitate ease of doing business,’’ this is according to a statement issued by the Corporate Communications Department of the Dangote Group.
The Obajana-Kabba rigid pavement road project is part of the Dangote Group Plc Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS). Earlier, before the longest concrete road award, the Dangote Group commissioned a 26km Itori-Ibese Concrete Road.
At the commissioning, Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, stated that, the stride by the Dangote Group demonstrated the unwavering commitments of an indigenous investor towards the industrialization of Nigeria.