The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has flagged off the construction of one thousand kilometers rural roads to boost economy at the the grassroots and ensure easy access of farm produces to markets.
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.
The Governor described the projects as 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 potential in the agricultural sector for the economic development of the state and to make Ekiti the food basket of the Southwest region.
The State Project Coordinator and Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sunday Adunmo said that contractors handling the projects had been directed to engage local artisans and workmen within the community in the construction of the roads.
The National Coordinator, Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project, RAAMP, Mr. Aminu Mohammed, promised to supporting the initiatives of the Ekiti State government 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 and poverty reduction.
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 Communities, including the Ologotun of Ogotun Ekiti, Oba Samuel Oladapo Oyebade, Onitaji of Itaji Ekiti, Oba Adamo Babalola thanked the Governor for extending the construction work to rural roads in their domain.