The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has flagged off the construction of one thousand kilometers rural roads with a view to stimulate the grassroots economy, ensure easy access to markets for farm produces and prevent post-harvest losses incurred by farmers across the villages in the state.
Governor Fayemi stated this at the projects which 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 across the three Senatorial Districts of the state.
He described the projects as another dividend of democracy which was part of the fulfilment of promises made to the people of the state during the electioneering campaign for the 2018 governorship election.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Governor 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 of Nigeria.
The State Project Coordinator and Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sunday Adunmo said that contractors handling the projects had been instructed to engage local Artisans and workmen in the construction to benefit the communities, empower Residents and give them a sense of belonging.
Mr Adumo observed that during the first tenure of Governor Fayemi in office, he touched all communities in the state with at least two developmental projects each including construction of five kilometres in each of the sixteen local government areas.
The National Coordinator, Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project, RAAMP, Mr. Aminu 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.
Mr Mohammed disclosed that the overall objective of the rural road projects was to revamp the Agricultural sector to boost the much-needed sufficiency in food production, poverty reduction and provision of amenities like schools, hospitals, electricity across the farm steads.
The projects which is co-financed by the Ekiti State Government, the World Bank and the French Agency for Development (AFD) under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), are being handled by different Contractors with specification and duration of twelve months.
Traditional rulers of the benefiting Commuinities, including the Ologotun of Ogotun Ekiti, Oba Samuel Oladapo Oyebade, Onitaji of Itaji Ekiti, Oba Adamo Babalola hailed the Governor for extending the construction work to rural roads in their domains and sought for the cooperation of their subjects for the early delivery of quality jobs.
Other excited Community Leaders, Chiefs, Youths and Market women who could not hide their joy, sang various songs to appreciate Governor Kayode Fayemi’s administration and described the projects as a dividend of democracy coming to their door-steps.