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Portland Paints and Products using Instant Road Repair

Oshogbo, South-West Nigeria

Dangerous potholes had virtually stopped economic activities in the rural communities along the Gbongan-Oshogbo and Ilesa Road in south-west Nigeria. The poor state of the roads made it difficult for farm produce to move from one point to another and for tourists to reach the Osun Oshogbo Festival.

Portland Paints and Products of Logas, a producer of Emcol Instant Road Repair under license from Instarmac Group plc, used the cold lay asphalt to repair the damaged road.

Oshogbo is the trade centre for this large farming region producing yams, cassava, grain, tobacco and cotton. It is crucial that these roads can be passed safely in order for the local communities to earn an income.

Every August, thousands of people travel from all over the world to attend the Osun sacred groves in Oshogbo, a grand and colourful cultural festival. The festival increases tourism for the area and provides a much needed economic boost for the Osun State.

Portland Paints and Products, in collaboration with the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) repaired the road using Instant Road Repair. The local communities have already seen a positive impact - reducing poverty, increasing quality of life and boosting economic importance.

Instant Road Repair is a cold mix technology developed as an instant and permanent repair for potholes and damaged asphalt. It requires no heating and is applied straight from the bag. It is suitable for use in hot and cold climates, wet areas, sparsley populated areas and both urban and industrial areas. Pothole repair material like this is always needed, no matter the time of year, climate or country.

Instant Road Repair requires minimal preparation and there is no need for mixing, priming or sealing. It can be compacted and trafficked immediately with minimal disruption. It is environmentally friendly, as well as being cost and labour effective as only one visit is needed.

Following the application of Instant Road Repair, the socio-economic activities of the local communities have significantly improved; thus leading to a better and increased economic/purchasing power of the people. With this increased economic empowerment, the quality of life of the beneficiary communities has tremendously improved.

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