The AG-Dangote Construction Company has called on governments at all levels to invest more in rigid pavement for road construction.
According to the firm, concrete roads are more affordable, durable, safer and stronger.
The Dangote Group Executive Director, Stakeholders Management and Corporate Communications, Ahmed Mansur, was quoted to have said this when he led a delegation of the Dangote Group to this year’s Engineering Assembly of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria with the theme, ‘The Nigerian built industry: Building a sustainable structure with allied professionals’.
Representative of the AG-Dangote, Mr Tunde Jimoh, gave the maximum life cycle of flexible pavement known as asphalt road as about 20 years and that of a rigid pavement or concrete road as 40 years or more.
“The pavement type chosen depends on a number of factors which include expected traffic wheel load, load repetition, cost of construction, and maintenance,” he said.
He said the AG Dangote was constructing the longest concrete road in the country located in Kogi State.
According to him, the road, known as Obajana-Kabba Road, is a 43 kilometre concrete road project due to be inaugurated in December while the other the 24km Itori-Ibese concrete road has since been delivered.
Jimoh, who is the company’s project manager, said the firm, would also deliver the concrete dual carriage Apapa-Wharf Road in Lagos this month.
“This vision of the development of concrete roads in Africa is being shared by more leaders and governments. The implementation of concrete roads can revolutionise infrastructural development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole,” he added.