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Dangote embarks on road, immunisation projects

By on July 18, 2013

Dangote Cement Plc, Ibese, has commenced the construction and rehabilitation of concrete roads in fourteen host communities within the Yewaland in Ogun State.

Also Dangote Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Kano State Government, have signed a partnership agreement to eradicate polio in all the 44 local governments of the state.

However, the manager in charge of the Ibese road project, Engineer Auwalu Halliru, disclosed that the hard concrete road being constructed by the cement arm of the group is the first of its kind in the South West.

“You know we are campaigning for use of cement concrete road and we want to use the Ibese road as a test case so that the whole world would see how good the concrete road is and the quality it is made of. Anyone who passes through the Ibese road when we finish the job would commend us for a job well done”, he stated.

He said that the construction is in three phases and that the commencement of the Ibese plant to Ilaro junction marked the first phase.

According to him, the second phase of the road would be the 25 km Itori-Ibese road while the third phase would be the Ibese-Abeokuta road which will be interlock stone paved. He pointed out that both interlocked stone and the concrete would survive any weather and that is why they are better than bitumen asphalt.

On the polio issue, President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, called for a regular meeting of the stakeholders to assess the strategy and to accelerate the pace of progress recorded so far.

Chairman of the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, said he was elated over the progress recorded so far, and that his Foundation would provide all necessary supports to make sure the programme succeeds.