Nigerian lawmakers have urged the Dangote Group to offer more support to the Nigerian government in the areas of road expansion and general road infrastructural development.
The appeal was made during a visit of the House Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission to the Dangote Cement Plant Obajana on Thursday.
The chairman of the committee, Hon. Akinfolarin Samuel, who expressed gratitude for the company’s interventions so far, stressed the need for continuous collaboration between the government and the private sector in the management of Nigerian roads.
The Chairman, who decried the traffic gridlock at Kabba Junction in Kogi, urged the company to up its interventional scheme by easing traffic jams, adding that the Lokoja-Kabba road was sensitive and central to the road network in the country.
“Permit me to say thank you for what Dangote is doing. The problem of Nigeria cannot be solved by one person. I must say the country is lucky to have a company like Dangote.
“Let me add also that we are critical stakeholders. That is why we are here to complement your effort,” he said.
He urged the company to support the government in the areas of road expansion, and dualization.
In his response, Dangote Cement’s National Director of Logistics, Mr. Carlos Rincon, said the company will not rest on its oars in the areas of infrastructure development of the country.
According to him, even though it is the responsibility of the government to provide road infrastructure, the company will continue to lend a helping hand.
He said this was exemplified by the construction of Nigeria’s longest concrete road in Kogi.
Rincon said the Lokoja Road was being overstretched because other roads linking the North and the south are in a state of disrepair.
Spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Commission, ACM Bisi Kazeem, commended the Dangote Group for making the visit of the lawmakers a success.
“For the fact that the committee has visited, and there is a partnership between government and private sector, shows Nigeria is working. I think we should give kudos to the Dangote Group,” he said.
Speaking in the same vein, the Bajana of Obajana Land, Oba Idowu Senibi, described Dangote as God’s chosen for his numerous interventions.
He added that he can, however, do more to support the government in road construction and rehabilitation.
Senibi suggested the construction of a bypass and crossover road to support the Dangote Cement trailer and further help the flow of traffic.
In the same vein, the Olu Apata, Dr Frederick Balogun, expressed appreciation and pledged his community’s continuing support for the company.
He, however, said his community has also embarked on community service to support the government and the company.
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