Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has lauded the Rural Access and Mobility Project, an agency of the Federal Government, for its efforts at extending development to rural communities in the country.
The governor said this in Osogbo on Friday at a workshop for all states involved in the RAMP.
He said constructing roads in the rural communities would lead to agricultural development and curb the rural-urban migration, adding that the living standard of the rural dwellers would also be enhanced.
“Against this background, the RAMP intervention is a positive contribution towards helping state governments in the country to accelerate the pace of economic growth and development,” the governor said.
Aregbesola described the RAMP as a helpful initiative designed to bring development to rural areas in the country.
According to him, rather than concentrating developmental projects in the urban centres, rural areas in the country should also be developed to make lives better for their inhabitants.
The governor added that many Nigerians would wish to retire to their villages if the basic amenities to support them were in place, noting that there was a need to do more to develop the rural communities.
Aregbesola stated that state governing authorities were closer to their people than the Federal Government and were better positioned to reach and provide for the development needs of the people within their areas.
He said, “In a federal system like ours, the state governments occupy a crucial nodal point for the success of the country’s national development objectives.
“Indeed, it can be averred with all sense of responsibility that, while it may be sensible for the general development guidelines and direction to be charted at the federal level, it is at the level of states that the most impactful execution of development plans take place.
“It is crucial for the states to get the necessary support in their drive to facilitate the realisation of the country’s development needs.”