World Bank and agency collaborate to repair Ogun roads
The World Bank and the French Development Agency have worked with the government of Ogun State for the construction and rehabilitation of rural roads in the state.
The project was to provide for the improvement of 125 km of rural roads, the rehabilitation/maintenance of arrears of 200 km, the ad hoc improvement of 450 km, the routine maintenance of 700 km of rural roads and the construction of 100 m cross-drainage structures (culverts and bridges).
The National Coordinator of the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project, Aminu Mohammed, who spoke through the Chief Infrastructure Engineer of the project, Buka Abdulaziz, disclosed during a stakeholder workshop on finalizing legislation on establishment of Rural Access Roads Agency and State Road Fund, held in Abeokuta , the state capital.
Mohammed said the project is being executed through the State Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project and the State Ministry of Rural Development in order to reform all rural roads in the state.
He said the blueprint for the program is quality assurance, pledging that there is no compromise.
He explained that RAAMP is a third generation rural access project whose objective is to improve rural access and agricultural commercialization in the participating states.
He added that the project would also strengthen financing and the institutional basis for effective development, maintenance and management of the rural road network.
He said: “We have developed specifications for rural roads, we have also developed a standard. On top of that, also under this program, we have what’s called a quality assurance plan and a quality assurance manual, so rest assured, the program is going to provide an all-weather road, and the quality will not be compromised.
“Sustainability, on the other hand, has to come through sustainable financing, and we are looking at that, how the private sector, road users, can also come to play a role in maintenance management and road development. rural areas in Ogun State. , so that at least the embodiment of road users and private sectors can also raise their hands.
“We are going to complement the effort of the government because, we know that the government now has an overstretched need that has to do with the needs for health care and other basic amenities, they can even change the policies, but in the whole, sustainable financing, the private sector must also intervene, this is thinking and part of the reform.
State Commissioner for Rural Development, Jamiu Odetoogun, revealed that the state will use interventions that it believes will facilitate the transportation system of rural communities.
He added that commendable efforts and mercenaries will be deployed to quickly address the challenges of bad roads on rural roads.
He said, “It is undeniable that a greater percentage of our rural roads are such that they could call for different interventions that will alleviate the challenges of our rural dwellers on the roads and improve the ease of transportation of agricultural products from farms to market and urban communities”.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Transport, Gbenga Dairo, pleaded that more attention should be given to rural roads in the state, saying it is a critical economic development of the state.
He added that the intervention is important to get on the administration’s agenda.
He said: “So this program is important, it is interesting and it would be essential to the agenda of the administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun.”