By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
In its bid to making the state food secured aa well as boost the economy through agricultural sector, the Osun State Government has embarked on the construction of 307.69km roads across the State.
The Project Coordinator of Osun Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP), Mr Adesola Adewumi who made this known during an inspection tour of the ongoing construction of rural roads across the State said,
“With the current downturn in the economy of the country as a result of the dwindling oil revenue, the only way out of this predicament is to shift towards agricultural sector, For this to be achieved, roads to the rural communities which lead to all the farms need to be in good condition for easier transportation of farm produce and proximity to the markets.”
He said the state government in partnership with the world bank and french development agency through RAMP has embarked upon the massive construction of rural roads across the length and breadth of state adding that 27.5km are currently undergoing a community based road maintenance.
Adewumi appreciated the administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola for creating enabling environment that has allowed the World Bank and French Development Agency to continue partnering with the state in the area of rural roads construction, saying it was made possible because the state had already embarked on a massive road construction across the state.
The RAMP coordinator stressed that the present administration in the State is very passionate about rural roads that lead to farm for the purpose of creating a better opportunity for the dwellers.
He commended the contractors handling the road projects, noting that most roads are impassable before the intervention.
He disclosed that for the road to last long, a community maintenance group has been formed within the residents of owner communities who are being trained on how to maintain the roads and are being paid stipend on monthly basis to carry out the job.
The resident Infrastructural Consultant for Osun Ramp, Engineer Lanre Oyebola, appreciated the residents of the communities and called on them to make use of roads to the advantage of the state at large.
Some of the residents of communities visited expressed their deep appreciation to the state government and Ramp for putting rural roads in good shape.
Some of the undergoing project visited by the team are Igbajo-edemosi (14.11km), Akoda-Ayetoro (20.99km), Aduramigba (4.74km), Odeyinka -Oyere (6.45km)