The Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development and Capital Projects, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr. Devakumar Edwin, penultimate weekend appealed to the federal government to embrace concrete road and use cement for the construction of its roads in Nigeria for durability purpose.
Edwin, who made this known during an interview with Channels Television, said it would be to the benefit of Nigerians and even the federal government to embrace the option of using concrete for roads in the country.
He said that concrete roads, aside from being very cheap, were more durable and that its maintenance cost 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.”
He further explained that asphalt roads can barely last 10 to 12 years. “Furthermore, unlike asphalt roads, a concrete road does not require frequent maintenance and patching,” he said, adding that concrete roads have the advantage of not getting deflected under the wheels of loaded trucks. “This makes it consume 15-20 per cent less fuel when compared to asphalt road.
It also has a resistant to automobile fuel spillage and extreme weather,” he said.
The Dangote group has already commenced the construction of concrete roads in various states across the country, particularly in Lagos, Bauchi, Kogi, Kaduna and Ogun states.
A source in the company said: “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,” the source said.