Establish agency on rural road maintenance, ODSG charged
From Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko.
A call has gone to the Ondo State Government to establish an agency that will be solely responsible for the maintenance of rural roads in the state.
A cross section of the people of Ondo North Senatorial District made this call while speaking with The Hope.
The people declared that the call became imperative in view of the fact that rural roads constituted the larger percentage of the road network in the state.
Chief Boboye Ojomo, the Asiwaju of Ifira in Akoko Southeast Local Government posited that the poor state of rural roads has grossly affected the economy of the areas since it depends mainly on Agriculture.
Chief Boboye said the deplorable condition of roads, especially rural feeder roads have grossly affected agricultural production.
According to him, lack of access roads to the farm settlements has continued to prevent farmers from conveying their outputs to the urban areas and this in turn leads to the farmers losing interest in large production because most of the times they ended up in producing at a loss.
Mr Bayo Boluwade from Irun Akoko Northwest Local Government Area of Ondo state described agriculture as the surest way to revamp the nation’s ailing economy and provide ready made job for teeming unemployed youths.
Mr Boluwade posited that the lack of access roads in the rural areas has negatively affected as youths are now leaving rural areas for cities to look for white collar jobs that are very rare to get while most in crimes.
Alhaji Adams Abdullahi, a community leader in Ajowa Akoko disclosed that he and many others like him were forced to go into subsistence farming because their efforts at producing in large quantity was defeated by non existent of access areas to the farm settlement where he farms.
Alhaji Adams said on many occasions his farm products got rotten when he could not get vehicles to transport them to the point of sale in the market in the urban areas.
According to him, often times the bad nature of the rural roads prevented vehicles from coming to convey his products to town.
They therefore appealed to the Ondo State Government to make the rehabilitation of rural roads a top priority to consolidate its achievements in the area of road construction in the state.
Similarly they reminded local governments in the state on the need to employ people or establish a Public Works Department, PWD, to be saddled with the task of maintaining rural roads in their areas like it obtained in the Western State era.