Dangote constructing the longest concrete road project in Nigeria.

MOTORISTS travelling from the North to the South said the country’s longest rigid pavement road project, Obajana- Kabba road, has started supporting vehicular movements across the regions as it inches closer to completion.

The Obajana- Kabba road in Kogi State is said to be the longest concrete road project in Nigeria.

It’s one of the country’s roads that link the North and the South.

A notable businessman from the North, Mr. Ibrahim Dantsoho, 40, as well as other motorists hailed the Dangote Group President Aliko Dangote, describing the project as a big relief.

He said it has already eased travelling and connectivity across the regions.

Managing Director of AG-Dangote Construction Company Mr. Ashif Juma said the project would be completed as planned and that Nigerians would yearn for more of such road, when they see the difference with bituminous road.

Juma said so far 33-kilometre earthwork and 22-kilometre concrete pavement have been accomplished, adding that every care was being taken to ensure that Nigeria has a most durable road in Nigeria.

He assured: “We will deliver the project by December this year. All hands are on deck”

He urged Nigerian governments at all levels to switch over to construction of concrete road instead of asphalt as it is far superior, durable and cheaper and does not require frequent maintenance.

A human right activist and consultant, Mr. Abdullahi A. Umar, 55, who normally travels through Okene in Kogi State, said he now uses the Obajana-Kabba road.

He called on other companies to emulate the Dangote Group.

Most of the motorists, who spoke to our reporter, hailed Dangote and urged governments at all levels to the partner Dangote Group in road construction.

They called for a timely completion of the project, saying it would make transportation and businesses across the two regions easier.

A statement from the Corporate Communications Department of the Dangote Group said: “Concrete road last longer than asphalt roads and do not have potholes. It does not require frequent maintenance as asphalt roads. It saves fuel for motorists and protects tyres from wear and tears.”

The statement said 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.

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS), the Dangote Group had earlier commissioned the 26 km Itori-Ibese Concrete Road.

At the commissioning, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, had noted that the stride by the Dangote Group demonstrated the unwavering commitments of an indigenous investor towards the industrialization of Nigeria.

 

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