Members of the State Project Monitoring Committee (SPMC) in the state of Osun has expressed satisfaction on the extent of work done so far on the 225km RAMP roads project ongoing in different parts of the state.
They expressed the hope that the Rural Access and Mobility Project RAMP, which is a collaborative effort between the state
government of Osun, the World Bank and the French development agency would go a long way in boosting the economy of the state through farming.
Chairman of the SPMC who is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Engr Nurudeen Adeagbo spoke on behalf of the
committee during an inspection tour of the RAMP roads in Ife region 1.
He expressed delight at the speed and quality of the job done so far, saying that his committee was impressed with what they have seen on the tour.
Engr. Adeagbo commended the efforts of the state government and contractors handling the job for the effort put in place to relocate the occupants of a building which encroached the roadway at Yinmi Aba village in a new building built by the contractors .
He said the move goes a long in underlying the fact that the administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola never intend to cause pain or discomfort for anybody.
Also speaking, the Olosi of Osi Land, Oba Solomon Adeyeye Adenipekin, said that, before now members of the his community had
suffered so much as a result of the bad shape of the road for over hundred years before the intervention of Aregbesola through RAMP.
He said with the road now in good condition, farmers in his community now find it very easy to transport their farm produce to the city as vehicles now ply the road very often.
The Royal father noted that the construction of the road has now opened the eyes of the world to his domain as vehicles plying Lagos now pass through his community.
The Project Coordinator for OSUN RAMP, Engr. Adelere Oriolowo explained that the state government of Osun decided to partner the World Bank and the French development agency in the construction of rural roads because of the need to empower rural dwellers and boost the economy through agriculture.
He added that the present administration is determined to touch the lives of all and sundry in the state no matter the location, stressing that the government wants to provide food in abundance to the people of the state.
He stated further that the project partners have always scored Osun first any time they come to Nigeria to inspect Osun and other states in the country where the RAMP projects are being done.
Expressing delight at the new lease of life being enjoyed as a result of the rural roads which are now in good condition, the
President of the Oyere farm settlement, Chief Rufus Adebayor said that their farm produce now sell at a very good price better than the way it used to be.
He explained that they now get to their farms and back to their various houses at a much cheaper rate than before , while also expressing appreciation to the state government for the good gesture.
Members of the Road Maintainance Gang led by Mr Dare Owolabi, expressed their readiness to maintain the roads for it to last long for their benefit, saying that they have been adequately trained for the job.
Roads visited during the inspection tour include: Jagun Osi-Osi Sooko, Osi Sooko-Osi Ara, Osi Ara-Falana, Alogba-Owode(Ami)-Fadehan among others which are in road 1 2 3 4 and 5 respectively.
It will be recalled that the SPMC had earlier visited roads in Iwo and Ilesa regions of the state under the RAMP projects.