As Nigeria’s longest rigid pavement road project inches closer to completion, motorists travelling from the North to the South have said the road has started supporting vehicular movements across the regions. The Obajana – Kabba road in Kogi State is said to be the longest concrete road project in Nigeria.
It is one of the country’s roads linking the North and the South.
Motorists commended the president of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, and described the project as a big relief, saying it had already eased travelling and connectivity across the regions.
MD of AG-Dangote Construction Company Ashif Juma said the project would be completed as planned and that Nigerians would yearn for more of such roads when they see the difference with bituminous roads.
Juma said so far 33km of earthwork and 22km concrete pavement had been accomplished, noting that care was being taken to ensure this would be the most durable road in Nigeria. He urged “Nigerian governments at all levels to switch over to construction of concrete roads instead of asphalt as it is far superior, durable and cheaper, and does not require frequent maintenance.”
A statement from the Dangote Group said: ” A concrete road lasts longer than asphalt roads and does not have potholes. It does not require frequent maintenance as do 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.”
It added that the Obajana-Kabba rigid pavement road project is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) of the Dangote Group Plc. Worried by the huge sum of money used in road repairs, President of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote had said plans were afoot to revolutionize Nigerian roads with concrete, stressing that resources used in road repairs and maintenance would be channelled to other more important needs of the nation.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS), the Dangote Group had earlier commissioned the 26-km Itori-Ibese Concrete Road.