Dangote urges FG to embrace concrete roads
One of Nigeria’s leading cement manufacturers, Dangote Industries Limited, has appealed to the Federal Government to embrace concrete roads and use cement for the construction of its roads across the country for durability purposes.
The company’s Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development and Capital Projects, Mr. Devakumar Edwin, who made this known during a chat with select media men over the weekend, said it will be to the benefit of Nigerians and even the government to embrace the option of using concrete for roads in the country.
Aside from being very cheap, he said concrete roads are more durable and that its maintenance cost is near zero. “It is cheaper to do a concrete road that will last 50 years than to do a bitumen road.”
He further explained that concrete roads have a long life span, compared to asphalt roads that can barely last ten years or 12 years. Furthermore, unlike asphalt roads, a concrete road does not require frequent maintenance and patching.
Concrete roads, according to him, also have the advantage of not getting deflected under the wheels of loaded trucks, this makes it consumes 15-20 per cent less fuel if compared to an asphalt road. It also has resistant to automobile fuel spillage and extreme weather.
Dangote group has commenced the construction of concrete roads in various states across the country, particularly in Lagos, Bauchi, Kogi, Kaduna, and Ogun states.