By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
The Osun Rural Access and Mobility Project (O’ RAMP) Project Coordinator, Engr Rasak Okediya has called on the newly-inaugurated Community-Based Roads Maintenance Groups (CBRMG) to take care of all the roads constructed by O’RAMP in all rural areas across the State for the people to have continuous accessible roads.
Engr Okediya made this call at the inauguration of the group on Friday. The event held at the Staff Development Centre, state secretariat, Abere.
The Project Coordinator urged the Group to maintain the roads adequately, noting that if the roads were well maintained, it would be easy for farmers to transport their farm produce to the market centers and reduce the cost of transportation, thereby boosting the economy of the state.
He further stated that members of the group would still benefit from Government in as much as they were committed to the assignment.
According to Engr Okediya, “Today, we are inaugurating the Community Based Roads Maintenance Group to take care of about 583km roads constructed in all the rural areas across the State.
“The world Bank and Nigerian Government believe that if life is made comfortable for people living in the rural areas with motorable roads, the economy is bound to improve as it will help them to transport their farm produce to the urban areas without stress and enable them feed well.
“It also serves as means of employment for the Youths, when roads are accessible, they will like to go into farming.
“Moreover, it will develop rural areas infrastructures such as schools, hospitals, factories among others.”
Infrastructure Engineer on RAMP Maintenance, Engr Sarafadeen Soladoye stated that the World Bank in collaboration with Osun State Government would be giving each group #20,000.00 salary monthly for some time, saying “even when the World Bank is no more committed to it, the State Government will continue to pay them.”
“We are still going to train them more on how to sustain the cooperative society and road maintenance.
“I want to urge the road users to accord those who are maintaining the roads the deserved respect and follow all the guiding rules so that the roads will last long,” he explained.
The duo of Jolayemi Matthew and Oyedokun Nafisat expressed their gratitude to the State Government of Osun and O’ RAMP for giving them the privilege to serve their various communities.
The duo therefore pledged to be committed to the assignment, saying in unity, they would achieve their desired goals.
They both craved for support from the people of their respective domain, noting that they “cannot do it alone”.
Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of Certificate of Cooperative Society to the members of the group.