The AG-Dangote construction company yesterday urged governments at all levels and engineers to switch over to rigid pavement for road construction for
The company said that rigid pavement or concrete road was more affordable, durable, safer and stronger.
Group executive director, Stakeholders Management and Corporate Communications of Dangote, Engr. Ahmed Mansur , led the delegation of the Dangote Group at this year’s Engineering Assembly with the theme : “The Nigerian Built Industry: Building a Sustainable Structure with Allied Professionals.”
Representative of the AG-Dangote, Engr. Tunde Jimoh, who made the appeal at the ongoing Engineering Assembly of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) in Abuja, said the maximum life cycle of flexible pavements known as asphalt road was about 20 years.
Jimoh added that the life cycle of a rigid pavement or concrete road was 40 years or more.
He said, “the pavement type chosen depends on a number of factors which includes, expected traffic wheel loads, load repetitions, cost of construction, maintenance, among others.”
He said the AG Dangote was currently constructing the longest concrete road in the country located in Kogi State, saying that the Obajana-Kabba road was a 43 kilometer (km) concrete road project due to be commissioned in December, while the 24km Itori-Ibese concrete road has since been delivered.
Jimoh, who is the company’s project manager said it was set to deliver the dual carriage Apapa Wharf Road in Lagos this month.
According to him, this vision of the development of concrete roads in Africa was being shared by more leaders and governments.
He added that the cost of maintenance of asphalt roads was higher four to seven times than concrete roads, saying the raw material for concrete could be sourced locally.
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