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Adopt Concrete Roads For Durability, Dangote urges FG, States

Posted: Oct 14, 2015 at 6:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
The federal and state governments were on Wednesday in Abuja enjoined to embrace the use of concrete for road and other construction works.
Speaking at the ongoing 21st Summit of t?he Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG)?, Executive Director Stakeholders Relations and Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, Engr Mansur Ahmed, said that this is a choice that Nigeria must make.
Speaking against the backdrop of the summit theme: “Tough Choices: Achieving Competitiveness, Inclusive Growth and Sustainability” Engr Ahmed called for collaborate in the provision of infrastructure across the country.
Moderating the discussion session comprising of the Governors of Kaduna, Katsina, Gombe, Bauchi, Benue and Kogi, he said concrete roads makes more economic sense for a country like Nigeria.
He added that the use of Asphalt has left the roads in deplorable conditions, added that Asphalt no longer evokes in developed climes.
He said the construction of concrete road is faster and can last for half a century compare to Asphalt.
Ahmed said concrete roads are 20 per cent cheaper to build.
According to him, in the construction of concrete roads, the cement raw materials are readily available while Asphalt is imported into the country.
It would be recalled that the Chairman of Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote, recent in Lagos also pleaded with the Federal Government to urgently consider the use of concrete roads in the country.
Concrete roads, according to him, will be to the benefit of Nigerians. Aside from being very cheap, he said concrete roads are more durable and that its maintenance cost is near zero.
According to him: “We are pushing for Nigeria to do a concrete road. 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.”
Currently in 15 African countries, excluding Kenya, Niger and Mali, which are new projects.  The company’s current total capacity stands at 48mmtpa, out of which Nigeria alone has the largest chunk of 29.3mmtpa.