The road was constructed with concrete as opposed to the use of asphalt. He added that in an historic sense, it is the first time a road of such size will be constructed in Nigeria using cement concrete.
Fashola also stressed the efforts of the government in alleviating the sufferings of Nigerians by fast-tracking infrastructural development, adding that government would soon commence an aggressive road construction and maintenance programme across the country.
In his words: “I want to use this medium to assure Nigerians that the present challenges being experienced, especially in the power and road sectors of the economy will soon be a thing of the past. We are working round the clock to deliver lasting solutions to the challenges in these sectors.”
Speaking at the event, Aliko Dangote urged government to review existing methods of road constructing in the country.
He pointed out that construction of concrete roads was a more viable alternative to asphalt laid roads, adding that concrete roads were about 20 per cent cheaper than conventional asphalt roads and that they were easier to maintain and more durable.
At the event, Dangote also announced the reconstruction the Ijora Apapa Wharf Road in Lagos State, using cement concrete.
He stressed that cement which constitutes the raw materials for the construction of concrete roads was locally available compared to bitumen which is imported, especially now that there is greater need for foreign exchange control.