Ashaka Cement Company, a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, is constructing the first ever concrete road in the Northern region, from Gombe/Yola road junction to Maiganga village,
Speaking at the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the 8 kilometre road construction at the Maiganga junction in Kumo Local Government Area of Gombe state, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Ashaka Cement, Suleiman Yahaya, said the gesture was part of the company’s contribution to the socio-economic development of the state.
Mallam Yahaya further explained that the project would touch the lives of the people.
“With huge potential to boost economic, agricultural, and social activities of this area, the choice of concrete in construction of this road is deliberate to show the innovative capacity of LafargeHolcim as being experienced in other parts of the world.
The ground breaking ceremony of Maiganga Concrete Road Construction is an initiative of AshakaCem PLC towards contributing to the socio-economic development of Gombe State in the area of infrastructure. Yet another in the series of our community development projects, the Maiganga Concrete road stands out as the first of its kind in northern Nigeria by a corporate entity with management practice of social investment based on the recognition of the impact of touching the lives of people in the location of its business,” said Mallam Yahaya.
The Board Chairman of the Ashaka Cement said the project being awarded to cost over 700 million naira is expected to be concluded within twelve months from the time of the Flag off.
Also, the Managing Director of the Company, Mr Leonard Palka, said that regardless of insecurity in the northeast and business challenges, the Ashaka Cement Company would remain committed to its corporate and social responsibility to its host community.
The Maiganga Community is known for its rich natural deposits of coal, which the Ashaka Cement Company uses as its source of electricity.
The cement company also plans to set up a coal power plant named Akko Independent Power Plant.
The Chairman of Ashaka Cement Board of Directors, Suleiman Yahaya, says the concrete road is part of the company’s projects that help youths get education; communities get health care and provide jobs to the environment.
According to him, the concrete road project is unique because of its durability.
“ Apart from its basic attributes of being environment friendly, other benefit of a concrete road, which we are proud to bring to our people in Maiganga through this project are: durability and maintenance free life.
Concrete roads have a service life of forty years, whereas the asphalt roads last for ten years. Moreover, during this service life concrete roads do not require frequent repair of patching work like Asphalt roads.”
Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, while flagging off the project, commended the company for its, saying the projects will go a long way in promoting development of the state and the country at large.
He reiterated government’s commitment to give its maximum cooperation to the company .
In 2015 alone, the Ashaka Cement Company spent over one hundred and fifty million naira and nearly a billion naira in the last three years on social programmes that help the community.
Consequently after the Maiganga Concrete Road Construction, the Ashaka Cement Company also pledges to construct another ten kilometre bypass road from Ashaka to the main road, with the same goal of developing the local community.