Oyo State Government has reiterated its commitment to the development of agricultural practices and wellbeing of farmers in the state by constructing rural roads across the state to improve economic activities of the rural areas and state in general.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Prince Oyewole Oyewumi stated this while addressing stakeholders on prioritization of rural roads to be constructed in the state at Atiba Local Government’s Conference Hall, Oyo and Ido Local Government Hall, Ido .
Prince Oyewumi who was represented at the event by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Victor Atilola said plans have been concluded by both State and Federal Governments to construct durable roads in twenty – eight agrarian Local Government Areas of the State under Rural Access and Mobility project (RAMPIII).
He noted that the project will provide opportunity to open up roads in government farm settlements and give farmers access to transport their farm produce to the markets at the appropriate time.
The Commissioner stressed further that the State Government is working on a bill that will put an end to threats encountered by the farmers from Fulani’s herds men, urging them to cue into Government’s laudable programmes such as Oyo State Agriculture Initiative ( OYSAI) Anchor Borrower’s Programme, Master Card amongst others.
He appealed to stakeholders in the beneficiary communities to give the contractor in charge of the roads the needed support as the project progresses.
In his remarks, the National Project Coordinator, Rural Access and Mobility Project, Engr. Ubaldoma Ularamu said the motive of a three day senatorial stakeholders’s meeting was to examine the findings of the consultant who carried out prioritization of the rural roads and affirm that the selected roads to be constructed were the ones recommended by the stakeholders in the beneficiary communities
Engr. Ularamu who affirmed that compensation awaits families or individuals who may suffer damage or loss in the process of constructing the roads enjoined concerned stakeholders to ensure routine maintenance of the roads in their jurisdictions with a view to sustaining the project.
In his address, the Iba Abogunde of Surulere in Oyo State, Oba Tajudeen Abimbola emphasised the need for the project consultant to construct standard roads and ensure that such roads have direct link with one or two neighbouring communities in order to serve its purpose.
Speaking on behalf of the farmers, Alhaji Ganiyu Adekunle and Motunrayo Adeleke (jp) appealed to Government at all levels to design programmes and policies that would be beneficial to small scale farmers in the country.
Also speaking, Muritala Raji and Bintu Iyadun who reside in one of the beneficiary communities, Akolo Inu Village, Mogaji Abogunrin, Alaafin Community in Oyo West Local Government Area of the State expressed delight over the project, saying access to good road will increase their profit margin as cost of transporting farm produce from their farms to point of sales would be reduced.