Dan­gote urges FG, states to adopt use of con­crete roads for dura­bil­ity pur­pose

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For Nige­ria to achieve its long-de­sired in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment, it must em­brace the use of con­crete for road con­struc­tion and other con­struc­tion works.

Speak­ing at the on­go­ing 21st sum­mit of the Nige­ria Eco­nomic Sum­mit Group (NESG), Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Stake­hold­ers Re­la­tions and Cor­po­ra­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Dan­gote Group, Engr Mansur Ahmed de­clared it is a choice that Nige­ria must make, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the group.

Rep­re­sent­ing Aliko Dan­gote, Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Group, Eng Ahmed made the com­ment against the back­drop of the theme of the sum­mit, which is, “Tough Choices: Achiev­ing Com­pet­i­tive­ness, In­clu­sive Growth and Sus­tain­abil­ity.”

At the dis­cus­sion ses­sion com­pris­ing gover­nors of Kaduna, Katsina, Gombe, Bauchi, Benue and Kogi states which he mod­er­ated, Ahmed urged the states to col­lab­o­rate in the pro­vi­sion of in­fra­struc­ture for their peo­ple.

He said con­crete roads make more eco­nomic sense for a coun­try like Nige­ria, as the use of as­phalt has al­ways left the roads in “de­plorable con­di­tions.”

As­phalt, he pointed out, is no longer in vogue in de­vel­oped climes. He ar­gued that the con­struc­tion of con­crete road is faster and can last for half a cen­tury, com­pared to as­phalt roads.

Engr Ahmed said con­crete roads are 20 per cent cheaper to build, with Nige­ria hav­ing the ad­van­tage of the ready raw ma­te­rial of ce­ment lo­cally and in ad­e­quate quan­ti­ties in the con­struc­tion of con­crete roads, while sphalt is im­ported into the coun­try.

Dan­gote had re­cently in La­gos per­son­ally pleaded with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to ur­gently con­sider the use of con­crete roads in the coun­try.

Con­crete roads, ac­cord­ing to him, would be to the ben­e­fit of Nige­ri­ans. Aside from be­ing very cheap, he said, con­crete roads are more durable and their 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.” The Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Com­mis­sion (CAC) has said that its de­ci­sion to de­cen­tralise its oper­a­tions and de­ploy new reg­is­tra­tion soft­ware were aimed at re­duc­ing the cost of do­ing busi­ness for cus­tomers.

Speak­ing at the Com­mis­sion’s man­age­ment re­treat held in Kaduna re­cently, the Reg­is­trar-Gen­eral of the Com­mis­sion, Mal­lam Bello Mah­mud, said the de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of oper­a­tions and de­ploy­ment of new reg­is­tra­tion soft­ware were among the in­no­va­tions in­tro­duced into the oper­a­tions af­ter the 2012 man­age­ment re­treat.

This year’s re­treat, with the theme, ‘To­mor­row’s Reg­istry, To­day’, was the sec­ond to be held by the Comms­sion in the last three years.

“With the de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of oper­a­tions, in­cor­po­ra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions can be pro­cessed and cer­tifi­cates of cor­po­ra­tion is­sued to cus­tomers with­out re­course to Head Of­fice. This has sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced cost of do­ing busi­ness as cus­tomers no longer have to send doc­u­ments to Abuja,” he told par­tic­i­pants at the re­treat.

He said the new sys­tem per­mits cus­tomers and other ac­cred­ited agents to carry out their trans­ac­tions di­rectly with the Com­mis­sion.

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