The owner of the Dangote Group and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote GCON, over the weekend asked the Federal Government to urgently consider the use of concrete roads in the country.
In a chat with newsmen, he said it will be more beneficial for Nigerians and the Federal Government to embrace the option of using concrete for roads in the country. Aside from being very cheap, he said concrete roads are more durable and that its 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.”
Dangote recently said, “We are not only building cement plants in Africa, we have gone far away to NEPAL to build a 3 million metric tons Cement Plant capacity and by the time all these our new projects are completed in the next two years, Dangote Cement will have more than 70 million capacity but we are not going to stop there, hopefully, by 2020, our targets is getting to somewhere around 100 million tons capacity. I can assure you categorically that Africa will not lack cement now and even in the future. Africa will be self-sufficient rather than be a dumping ground for other manufacturers of cement.”