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