Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, has warned communities in the state against preventing companies, group or individuals from embarking on developmental projects, saying “government would not fold its arms and watch this happen without acting”.
Dankwambo stated this at the inauguration of the construction of an eight-kilometre concrete road from Maiganga junction by Gombe–Yola highway to Maiganga community.
He commended AshakaCem Plc for the project and all community development projects that it has been executing in the state as part of its social responsibility to its host communities and urged it to do more, especially in the promotion of indigenes to management cadre.
The governor urged youths to read to the level that one of them could be picked for such positions when the opportunity arises as he would not support or move for the appointment of illiterates.
Chairman of the company, Malam Suleiman Yahyah, said the project which would be the first of its kind in the North-East, would commence immediately and attain completion in 12 months.
He said the choice of concrete road was deliberate because it has a lifespan of 40 years as against asphalt roads with 10 years lifespan; just as vehicles save 15 to 20 percent fuel usage when they run on concrete roads.
He said the project was inspired by the desire to boost the huge agricultural and socio-economic prospects of the communities, adding that the company had planned do a similar but more lengthy road project after this one is completed.
He said AshakaCem in 2015 spent N150 million on corporate social responsibility projects in local communities bordering its factory at Ashaka and Maiganga coalmine.

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