The Governor disclosed this on Tuesday in Benin, when he received a report presented by the Technical Committee on Infrastructure Development, to review road networks that existed in the Edo portion of the old Midwest region.
Obaseki said that it was regretable that most agrarian communities in the state were disconnected from the Trunk A roads constructed by the Federal Government, which he noted, was hampering agricultural activities in the area concerned.
He said his administration would encourage investment by building road infrastructure and as such, the identified old roads which connect agrarian communities in the state would be rehabilitated and expanded, when necessary.
“The old roads lead to the hidden jewels in the state.
“The communities located along the roads served as economic nerve centres of the Mid-West region.
“But with the construction of Trunk A roads, the communities were forced to move from their locations and have never experienced the level of commerce and economic activities they needed to witness,’’ he said.
Obaseki said priority would be given to the development of such roads, especially those surrounded by vast agrarian land and rehabilitation work would commence during the dry season.
He added that the Ministry of Infrastructure would come up with modalities to section the roads according to the senatorial districts in the state and also assess the level of resources in the various communities.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Erasmus Osahon, said the committee was set up in January to inspect all existing old roads and infrastructure located in communities along the roads in the state.
Osahon listed the old roads as Benin-Lagos, Benin-Agbor, Benin-Akure-Sobe, Benin-Abraka, Benin-Auchi-Okene and Benin-Sapele.
He said that a common feature sited around the roads were vast expanse of land that could be used for agricultural purposes.
Osahon suggested that the roads should be rehabilitated as they would open up businesses for farmers and artisans in the local communities.