Dangote Is Building Roads Across Nigeria; See Some Of Them (PHOTOS)
Business mogul, Aliko Dangote, is currently constructing roads across the country. He is doing it through his business conglomerate, the Dangote Group.
Dangote Group is taking advantage of the “Tax Exception Law of 2012” and Executive Order 007 (2019) policies of the Federal Government.
These policies were designed to give tax reliefs to private sectors that invest in road construction in the country.
Thus far, Dangote has re-constructed some important Federal roads, and – together with some other corporations- is onto a project to construct 19 more Federal roads.
Beyond the construction of these roads, Dangote is currently revolutionizing road construction with the use of cement (concrete) as opposed to asphalt.
Roads built with concrete are far superior: they are more affordable, durable, safer, stronger and they do not require frequent maintenance as asphalt roads. It also saves fuel for motorists and protects tyres from wear and tears.
The maximum life cycle of asphalt roads is said to be about 20 years, while that of a rigid pavement or concrete road lasts for 40 years or more.
AG Dangote Construction Company, an arm of the Dangote Group, executes road construction work for the conglomerate. Dangote also outsources construction works to other construction companies.
Below are some roads that Dangote has constructed and some ongoing ones.
Itori-Ibeshe Road (Ogun State)
The Itori-Ibeshe road in Ogun State leads to one of the Dangote Cement factories.
The Dangote Group recently reconstructed the 26-km road.
The road was reconstructed as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects.
The reconstructed Itori-Ibese concrete road was commissioned on June 3, 2016.
Apapa-Wharf Road (Lagos state)
On June 17, 2017, the Federal Government signed a contract with AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd and some other stakeholders for the reconstruction of the Apapa-Wharf Road, Apapa, Lagos.
The project was to be supervised by the Ministry of Works and Housing and funded by AG Dangote Group, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc.
The 4-kilometre dual carriageway, built with cement, has a median, walkways and side barriers on the various sections painted in black and white
The construction of the Apapa-Wharf Road costs stakeholders N4.34 billion.
On September 2018, reconstruction work on the Apapa-Wharf Concrete Road was completed.
Obajana-Kabba Road (Kogi state)
Obajana in Kogi state is one the locations of Dangote cement industries.
On November 22, 2016, the Dangote Group and the Federal Government signed a contract for the reconstruction of the Obajana-Kabba road.
The Obajana- Kabba road is one of the roads that link the North and the South of Nigeria.
The 44 -kilometers Obajana- Kabba road is said to be the longest concrete road project ever constructed in Nigeria.
The road reconstruction, which started on April 10, 2018, has been completed.
The project cost the Dangote Group N11.5billion but the job was awarded to the Group on tax concession basis at N5.24billion.
The difference of N6.2billion is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the Dangote Group.
The project came as a big relief as it has already eased travelling and connectivity across the regions.
AG Dangote Construction Company – an arm of Dangote Group – constructed the Obajana- Kabba road rigid pavement road.
Oshodi-Apapa Expressway-Oworoshoki-Toll Gate (Lagos state)
In July 2018, the Buhari administration approved the contract for the reconstruction of the 35-km of roads in Lagos.
The construction will start from Creek Road, Liverpool, Tin Can, all through to Marine beach to Mile 2 to Oshodi to Oworonshoki and to the Toll Gate.
Dangote Group will fund the project in exchange for a ten-year tax holiday.
On September 12, 2017, the Federal Government and Dangote Group signed the contract for the construction of the roads.
The amount approved for the construction project was N72.9billion.
When completed, the road will be made up of 10 lanes – five lanes on both sides – three on the main carriageway, two on service lanes. It will also include drainage, rehabilitation of some of the bridges and interchanges.
On 17, November 2018, the Federal Government flags-off reconstruction of Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki-Ojota Expressway.
Dangote Group outsourced the reconstruction of the road to an indigenous construction firm, Hitech Construction Company Ltd.
The construction work is expected to be delivered within two years.
In April 2019, Hitech Construction Company Ltd commenced reconstruction work on the extensive 35-kilometer stretch of roads.