Community Development Associations and community development councils in Ogun State have expressed readiness to have a buy-in in the on going effort of the Ogun State Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), to construct and rehabilitate 500 km rural roads across the state.
Besides, the CDAs also promised to partner contractors in securing their equipment in various locations where the roads would be constructed, during a 4-Day “Basic Citizenship and Leadership Training Course for Community Leaders”, organised by the Ministry of Community Development and Coorperative, Ogun State, on Tuesday.
The Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP ) in the state is a World Bank, French Development Agency, Ogun State Government and the Federal government collaboration under the travel and transport policy of government to create wealth in the hinterland by ensuring access to farmlands.
Responding to a paper presented by the State Project Coordinator of RAAMP, Engr Samuel Onabanjo, on “Achieving Sustainable Rural Development through the Ogun State Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project, to community leaders, spokesperson of the CDAs, Mr. Idowu Fayemi, said the spread of the roads and marketing hubs across the state was a cheery news.
“We cannot wait any more to have this wealth-creating road project as you have highlighted. More exciting is the news from you awhile ago that markets that had died will be resuscitated as a result of the roads.
“You can take our words to the exchequer that contractors handling this project shall enjoy our cooperation and collaboration. For conceiving this, we say thank you to the state government which saw the benefit from the foresight of the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, ” Fayemi stated.
Earlier in her presentation, Engr. Funmi Adegbesan, who presented the paper on behalf of the Project Coordinator, told the conference that both environmental and social Safeguard would be addressed before, during and after the delivery of the roads and market hubs.
Her words: “this project comes with a unique package of users first, safety first and government last. In essence, adequate safety measures shall apply to borrow pit and drainage, to mention just two, among other likely causative agents of site accidents.
“Beyond rhetoric, the Ogun RAAMP is making arrangements to engage academia and donor-funded agencies experienced hands to handle its environmental and social impact assessment as well as resettlement action plan,” a statement by the Development Communication Specialist of the Project, Mr Segun Adeleye, said.