By Jacob Akintunde, Akure
The Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has disclosed his administration’s plans to construct about 60km rural roads under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Programme (RAAMP) in the state.
According to Akeredolu, 20km of the roads carefully selected for immediate intervention will be constructed per senatorial district in the first phase.
Governor Akeredolu stated this at the weekend through his Special Adviser on Rural and Community Development, Mr. Victor Olabimtan during an inspection tour of some selected roads in some communities in the state.
He noted that the roads when completed will ease movement of farm produce to the market and disclosed that the survey and the preliminary design of the roads is completed.
He said the job would be done through a competitive bidding process in line with the World bank procurement guideline.
While saying that the step will keep the hope of the people alive while waiting for financial effectiveness of RAAMP, Akeredolu stressed that it will proffer solution to some of the problems being faced by people in the rural communities as a result of poor access to their farmland.
He said government is committed to providing accessible roads and agro- logistics hubs in rural communities in order to boost agriculture development in the state.
The roads selected for intervention in the first phase according to Akeredolu include Oloogunebi-Shittu camp road in Akoko North East Local Government, Ariyo-Agunbiade-Ute road in Owo Local Government, Oda Cocoa Board in Akure South Local Government.
Others are Laje-Gbagia road in Ondo West Local Government, Okeigbo-Awopeju-Igboeledumare road in Ileoluji Local Government and Kajola-Sokoto-Obadore road in Odigbo Local Government.