Dangote begins construction of first concrete road
Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has began the construction of concrete roads in Lagos, Bauchi, Kogi and Kaduna States, beginning with the Itori-Ibese concrete road in Ogun State. The 24-km Itori-Ibese concrete road will be constructed by AG-Dangote Construction Limited, its joint venture company, with Andrade Gutierrez (AG), the leading construction company in Brazil.
President/chief executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote 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. “Obviously, this calls for a review of our existing method of building roads in Nigeria. Roads play an important role in the social and economic development of any nation,” he said.
“In another CSR initiative, we are reconstructing the Ijora-Apapa Wharf Road in Lagos State, using cement concrete and, we expect to complete the project within the next 18 months.” “We have also recently been awarded the contract to reconstruct the 42-km Obajana-Kabba Road in Kogi State, in concrete. The estimated cost of the project is N11.5 billion but a federal tax waiver will enable us to recoup part of the estimated cost at N5.6 billion in tax credits. The balance will be our donation as part of our CSR,” he added.