Concrete road construction has begun in more than five states in Nigeria courtesy of Dangote Industries Limited. The state particularly mentioned are Lagos, Ogun, Kaduna, Bauchi and Kogi states.
The statement from the company read: “We are very happy at the moment. We 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.”
Aliko Dangote, the Chairman, Dangote Cement Plc, reiterated his plea to the Federal Government to consider the use of concrete in road construction in the country.
The African richest man said it would be to the benefit of Nigerians if the Federal Government embraced the option of using concrete for roads in the country, adding that aside from being cheap, concrete roads were more durable, with near zero maintenance cost.
“We are pushing for Nigeria to do concrete roads. 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 added.