Gov. Fayemi Flags Off Construction Of 1,000 Kilometers Rural Roads
There was excitement in many communities across the three senatorial districts of Ekiti State as Governor Kayode Fayemi flagged off the construction of 1,000 kilometres of rural roads.
Dr. Fayemi who described the project as another dividend of democracy said it was part of the fulfilment of promises he made to the people of the state during the electioneering campaign for the 2018 governorship election.
Represented by the Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the Governor explained that the roads, when completed, would stimulate the grassroots economy, provide access to markets for farm produce and prevent post-harvest losses incurred by farmers.
Traditional rulers of the benefiting communities who hailed the Governor for extending construction work to rural roads in their domains sought for the cooperation of their subjects for delivery of quality jobs.
The excited residents who welcomed the Governor amidst pomp and pageantry eulogised him for not concentrating developmental projects in the state capital and other large towns alone but extending such to the rural communities where food resources are produced.
Dr. Fayemi stressed that his administration was committed to harnessing the potentials in the agricultural sector for the economic development of the state in addition to the pursuit of the vision to make Ekiti the food basket of the Southwest region.
The Governor noted that the commencement of the project would be a huge relief to the people as it would open up most access roads linking the communities to the farms and encourage more people into agriculture.
The project took off with six pilot roads namely: Ogotun-Alagbede Road, Kajola-Ago Aduloju Road, Iyin Odo Oro-Aroto Road, Itaji-Orisunmibare Road, Oke Ako Farm Road and Imesi Kosomolate Road, with others to commence in due course.
He urged all members of the benefiting communities to relate warmly with the contractors handling the projects to deliver optimally and to specification.
The Governor pointed out that work was already in top gear on the new Ado-Iyin dual carriageway, Aramoko-Ikogosi Road, Oye-Iye-Ikun Road, Agbado-Ode-Isinbode-Omuo Road and Ilupeju-Ire-Igbemo Road with the Ado Ekiti Ring Road project coming on board soon.
Dr. Fayemi further announced that his administration was planning to set up Ekiti State Rural Access and Roads Agency (EK-RARA) and the State Road Funds (SRF) with a bill to that effect already before the House of Assembly for consideration.
Ekiti RAAMP Coordinator, Mr. Sunday Adumo, said the commencement of the project was a testimony of the commitment of the Fayemi administration towards developing the agricultural sector and making life more comfortable for rural dwellers especially farmers.
Mr. Adumo said contractors handling the project had been instructed to engage artisans and professionals in the construction to benefit the communities, empower residents and give them a sense of belonging.
He recalled that Fayemi, during his first tenure, touched all communities in the state with at least two developmental projects each including construction of five kilometres in each of the 16 local government areas.
The National RAAMP Coordinator, Mr. Mohammed, assured the Governor of the commitment and support of the national office of the agency under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in supporting the initiatives of his administration in transforming rural communities.
He hailed the Governor for the provision and timely release of counterpart funds to the State Project Implementation Unit noting that the gesture would give Ekiti advantage over other States in project implementation.
Mr. Mohammed disclosed that the overall objective was to revamp the agricultural sector to boost the much-needed self-sufficiency in food production, poverty reduction, reduction in post-harvest losses and provision of amenities like schools, hospitals, electricity among others.