By Adeboye Ado
As part of the campaign promises of Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, to focus more on rural transformation in the State, some deplorable roads at the rural areas have been inspected for immediate rehabilitation.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural and Community Development, Hon. Kolawole Babatunde, led a team of Engineers from Ondo State Rural Access and Agriculture Marketing Project (RAAMP) on an inspection tour to some selected roads in the rural areas of the state.
Kolawole who spoke with newsmen shorty after the end of the tour noted that Gov. Akeredolu has delivered several landmark projects that touched all sectors of the economy.
He stated that the essence of rehabilitation of roads at the rural areas is to ameliorate stress of farmers who ply local routes with farm produce.
The former lawmaker added that motorable roads will facilitate agro logistics hub which will reduce exorbitant amount of food stuffs.
“The rehabilitation will help checkmate the menace of kidnapping.
“These projects will spread to the length and breadth of the State in line with the ‘REDEEMED’ Agenda of the Governor to position the state on the path of economic growth”
Roads inspected during tour in Akoko South East includes: Afo/Ifira road, Imeri/Idogun/Ipesi road.
Most of the roads are now in bad condition, after the collapse of the main bridge.
The team also inspected the Olusegun Obasanjo Park at the Isua/Ibillo road junction which was proposed for the Agro Logistics Hub for Akoko South East Local Government.
Hon. Kolawole Babatunde said the choice of the Olusegun Obasanjo Park was strategic because it is the gateway to Ondo State from Edo State and other states.
He added that the determination of the Ondo State Government to transform rural areas was in conjunction with the World Bank which is aimed at boosting the economy through improved Agricultural productivity and marketing.
He, however, said farmers and market women would have access to credit facilities to boost their trade as they would be encouraged to form themselves into Co-operative Societies on the completion of the projects.