By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Ogun State government in collaboration with the World Bank and Africa Development Bank (AfDB) have concluded plans to construct 500 km rural roads to enhance social and economic activities of the people in the rural areas of the State.
The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, disclosed this on Thursday at a stakeholders’ meeting held at the Obas’ complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta to deliberate on the construction and rehabilitation of rural roads under the Ogun State Rural Access and Mobility Project, RAMP 3.
According to the Governor, the roads would cut across all the 20 local government areas and the newly created 37 local Council development areas.
Highlighting some of the benefits of the projects, the Governor said it would enhance agricultural development and help ease movement of agricultural produce, thereby enhancing the soci-eonomic status of the people
Amosun, who promised that the work would be carried out by local contractors in the affected areas said this would empower local artisans and sub-contractors that would be engaged at that level.
Breaking down the areas to be handled by the World Bank, the consultant for RAMP, Dr Emmanuel Adeyemo, said the roads were selected for meeting certain universal criteria set by the donor agencies .
According to him, the roads must link to either a local market, hospital or school or the combination of the three. In addition, he said, the roads must link to a State and Federal road.
Thanking the State government for cooperating with the World Bank, Adeyemo said the roads would be constructed in phases, assuring that they would be constructed to meet international specifications.
In his remarks, the special adviser to the governor on Rural Development, Mr Wale Ogunyomade, assured that effective monitoring mechanism had been put in place to ensure quality job by contractors.
He further explained that the maintenance of the roads would be done in collaboration with the residents in the particular area, who are the beneficiaries after handing over.
The meeting, attended by Monarchs, Village Heads, leaders of Community Development Associations (CDAs), Local Government officials and representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) deliberated on modalities to make the project a success.