Nigeria’s longest concrete road project would be delivered by December, the company handling the project-AG Dangote-has assured. Meanwhile, commercial activities have started springing up along the Obajana-Kabba road in Kogi State. Project director of AG-Dangote Construction Company Limited, Olatunbosun O. Kalejaiye said so far 29km has been completed.
According to him, the 43km Obajana-Kabba road project was part of the corporate social responsibility (CRS) of the Dangote Cement Plc.
Kalejaiye assured newsmen on tour of the project at the weekend
that, “There is nothing to worry. We will deliver the 43km rigid pavement by December.”
Speaking in the same vein, the project manager, Akhimienho Emmanuel , said when completed the road could last for two generations.
Traditional and community leaders praised the president of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote for the project.
The Bajana of Obajana Land, King Idowu Senibi, described the project as gigantic and the first of its kind anywhere in Nigeria.
“Dangote is our son. We would protect his huge investment and gigantic concrete road. I am happy that this is happening in my lifetime and in my Kingdom. This is a great opportunity for us and many generations to come. Our society will be opened as you can see vehicles and commercial activities have started coming up. May God Almighty bless Dangote and all his staff.”
Speaking in the same vein, the traditional head of Akpata Land, Frederick Durojaiye Balogun, said his people were very proud of Dangote, adding that the Dangote Cement, Obajana plant, which is the single largest cement plant in the world, has brought honour and respect to their Kingdoms.
Some of the motorists interviewed said the concrete road has brought relief to them.
A commercial driver, Adeniyi Adeniji, 50, from Ogun State said he has been plying the road for several years and that it always took him hours to drive through Obajana-Kabba, but now it takes him less than 45 minutes.
Comrade Albert Monday, 33, who is the youth leader of the Ayegunle Igun Bunu Kabba local government, said his people were very happy about the ‘Dangote road’ as the rate of accident and criminalities have drastically fallen.
A community leader and retired policeman at Kilometer 29 of Ayegunle Igun Bunu Kabba local government, Mathew Robinson, 74, expressed optimism that when completed, kidnapping and armed robbery incidents would be completely wiped out of the region.
Meanwhile, our reporter said market and commercial activities along the Obajana-Kabba road were now opening and booming as communities now easily transport their produce using what they now called the “Dangote Road.”
Worried by the huge sum of money used in road repairs, Dangote had said plans were afoot to revolutionise Nigerian roads with concrete, stressing that resources used in road repairs and maintenance would be channeled to other more important needs of the nation.
“We are going to be building concrete roads in the country so that anytime we build a road, we do not have to go back to repair after the third raining season, but move on and use the resources to address other pressing needs of Nigeria,” Dangote said.
It would be recalled that as part of its corporate social responsibility (CRS), the Dangote Group had earlier commissioned the 26 km Itori-Ibese Concrete Road.
At the commissioning, minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, had noted that the stride by the Dangote Group demonstrated the unwavering commitments of an indigenous investor towards the industrialisation of Nigeria.
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