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Business or Philanthropic? Dangote amends road in Ogun State.

Created in February 1976, the southwestern state of Nigeria houses a total of 3,751,140 residents (2006 census). It borders Lagos State to the south, Oyo and Osun states to the north, Ondo to the east and the Republic of Benin to the west. Abeokuta is the capital and largest city in Ogun state.

The state's appellation is "Gateway to Nigeria". Few of it's popular cities and towns include, but not limited to, Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, Ijebu Igbo, Ilaro, Ayetoro, Agbado, Ota, et ce tera. The state is notable for having a high concentration of industrial estates and being a major manufacturing hub in Nigeria.

In this, the multibillion dollar investments of Dangote Cement PLC lies at one of it's towns at Ibese (Yewa/Egbado North Local Government), Nestle and Lafarge Cement factory in Ewekoro (Ifo Local Government), Coleman Cables in Sagamu (Sagamu LGA).

The gentle Prince Dapo Abiodun currently governs the state. He also heads the Executive Council of Ogun State.

Ogun State consists of twenty local government areas. However, virtually none of these LGAs can point a single road that has been in good condition for close to 10 years. Even the newly constructed roads that seem as if they'll lead to paradise (as they are beautifully constructed) can not be vouched for when its time to question their durability.

Many roads (whether state or Federal) has been neglected for years, and it seem as if the residents of these communities do not vote or pay taxes. Such is the road that links two local government areas of the state (Yewa North and Yewa South) which has been abandoned for years.

I had formerly wrote an article on the worse road that links these two LGAs in Ogun state, and according to comments I gathered, the road has been in this bad condition for 25 - 30 years. Administrations come and the road keeps witnessing their expiration without getting their attention.

Dangote Cement operates three manufacturing plants in Obajana, Ibese and Gboko, with longer-term plans to expand its capacity to meet Nigeria’s growing demand for cement.

Although the nation had experienced ghastly road accidents caused by the company's giant trucks, we're indeed blessed to have such in the list of the companies owned by a Nigerian.

The company's plant in Ibeshe, Ogun state Nigeria is actually a mighty one.

Ibeshe is located in Yewa/Egbado North Local government area of Ogun state. When Dangote's plant started operation, the residents and travellers of this community were living in fear.

They typically park whenever Dangote's cement trucks meet them on the road because the road was not actually road, but a pathway due to its high degree if spoilage.And again, typical of big vehicles like truck drivers, carelessness is their watchword during overtaking, especially if its a small car or motorcycle. Bicycle riders exist in this community and are not willing to die, and so they do well enough to park away from the road so as to allow Dangote trucks have their way.

Dangote himself however seem not to be as careless as his truck drivers. There have been occasions when he had stepped out to sincerely apologize for the havoc his drivers are causing in Nigerian roads.

Interestingly, Dangote and his management team deemed it fit to make commendable amendments to this road. The company amended the road linking Ibeshe to Ilaro (a neighbouring capital of Egbado {Yewa} South, which the Ogun state government have abandoned for years (close to 25 years actually). The community dwellers and travellers especially are grateful for that because it has reduced the rate at which they take pain killers after each trip. The road from Ilaro to Ibeshe is now very much motorable and it reduces the time travelers formerly spend on the road.

But, the road still needs attention of the State government or some other wealthy investors in the state. The amendment is still ongoing as some men, supposed to be from Dangote were seen few weeks ago engaging in activities that portrays an intending road construction.

Below are few shots of the amended road I personally took during a recent travel.

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