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ODSG approves N3.47b for rural roads

By Adedotun Ajayi

The Ondo State Executive Council has approved N3.47 billion counterpart funds for the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) in the state.

The Commissioner for Energy, Mines and Mineral Resources, Mr. Razaq Obe and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Strategy, Akogun Olugbenga Omole, stated this on Thursday while briefing journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting held this week.

The EXCO meeting was presided over by the State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

The council noted that the project would see many feeder roads asphalted to connect rural dwellers to cities and drive the economy of the State through agriculture, while other life impacting community projects are equally executed.

“The heart of our state lies in its agricultural sector. Our hardworking farmers toil day in and day out to cultivate the land and produce the bounty that sustains us all.

“However, their efforts are often hindered by inadequate road networks, making it challenging to transport their goods to markets.

“By investing in the improvement of rural roads, we are not only facilitating smoother transportation but also opening up avenues for our agricultural produce to reach markets and towns more efficiently.

“This means fresher produce, reduced transportation costs, and ultimately, lower food prices for all.

“Accessible road networks are the arteries through which the lifeblood of our economy flows. They connect our rural communities to the broader marketplace, enabling our farmers to thrive and ensuring that no corner of our communities are left behind,” Omole said.

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Also, as part of commitment to transforming Akure, the state capital into smart city, Ondo State government has approved street lighting system via solar-powered light.

The streetlight project was unanimously approved by the Executive Council as part of the agenda of Lucky Aiyedatiwa administration’s 21st century paradigm shift for sustainable development in the State.

“The Light Up Akure project received thorough discussion, focusing on its role in addressing the issue of darkness in the state, with Akure serving as the pilot phase. The project is expected to be launched  within weeks, with plans for expansion to other areas in the coming months.

“Furthermore, community involvement and protection of government assets were emphasized. The project will soon commence with the installation of public illumination solar-powered streetlights and traffic lights, with community input welcomed,” Obe stressed.

He added that the council also disclosed that the budget allocation for the Light Up Akure project amounts to N500 million, attributing this increase to the ongoing dollar-to-naira crisis, which has led to significant price hikes.

Meanwhile, the Council has approved the appointment of Prince Adu Omotayo as the new Asinigbo of Isinigbo in Akure North Local Government area of the state.

The Council also approved the appointment of warrant Chiefs for the purpose of appointing new Afa of Oke-Agbe in Akoko North West Local Government area.

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