Obajana-Kabba, the longest and first rigid pavement project, located in Kogi state, has been completed by Dangote Group.
The announcement was made by the group, in a statement on Sunday, and the 43km Obajana-Kabba Road has been described by motorists as the country’s most strategic highway that is aiding travel between the north and the south.
Expressing his excitement over the completion of the road, Olatunbosun Kalejaiye, the project director, expressed his excitement over the delivery of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) project.
Also speaking, Mr Samuel Obosi, the site engineer, assured that the dual carriageway would be durable and less susceptible to potholes and repairs like asphalt roads, thereby reducing the incidence of road accidents in the country.
On his own part, Idowu Senibi, Bajana of Obajana Land, said: “Dangote is our son. We would protect his huge investment and gigantic concrete road. I am happy that this is happening in my lifetime and in my kingdom”.
“This is a great opportunity for us and many generations to come. Our society will be opened as you can see vehicles and commercial activities have started coming up. May God Almighty bless Dangote and all his staff.”
In the same vein, Frederick Balogun, the traditional head of Akpata land, commended Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, for his contributions to the community such as the Obajana Cement Plant (OCP) which has “brought a total turnaround” to the lives of residents.
Timothy Omonile, king of Okebunku Land in Kabba Bunu local government area, said the construction of the road has helped cut down the rate of criminality in the state.
He charged other philanthropists to emulate Dangote in developing Nigeria’s economy and infrastructure.
The Obajana-Kabba road is one of the several road constructions embarked on by the Dangote Group in a barter deal with the federal government as part of the 30% tax holiday granted by the Federal government 5 years ago.