ODSG seeks World Bank collaboration on rural development to jump-start economy through Agriculture
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has again sought the collaboration of the World Bank to ensure better rural roads for the use of farmers who populate the areas mostly.
Akeredolu made this known during a courtesy visit by a team of World Bank representatives led by Professor Foluso Okunmadewa.
He said the State Government was ready to take pragmatic steps that will make the state witness developments through easy access to rural communities where majority of farmers reside.
“We have given our promise and we will ensure that our farms have good roads to the market. Rural roads development is critical to agriculture which we hope to use to catalyze our economy”, the governor categorically stated.
Governor Akeredolu expressed optimism that with the assistance of the World Bank, landmark achievements would be recorded across all sectors of the state for the benefit of citizens of the Sunshine State.
Earlier in his address, Professor Foluso Okunmadewa, leader of the World Bank team had assured the governor of a robust working relationship between the state and the global financial institution.
“We are here to assure you that Ondo State can key into new opportunities that are on ground and are planned for State Governments in Nigeria.
The World Bank leader mentioned the projects to include the Nigeria State Health Investment Project (NSHIP); the FADAMA project, the Public Service Reform Project (PSRP); the Community and Social Development (CSDP) Project and Rural Access and Mobility Project ( RAMP).
The Team Leader added that there were quite a lot of resources within the projects which he thought the state could quickly harness and disburse to fast-track development interventions of the state.
Professor Okunmadewa stated that the visit was to assure the governor of the preparedness to work with the Governor’s team to resolve any constraint on the existing projects, so that the state could successfully utilize the resources that already exists and get some of the projects moving as quickly as possible for the benefit of the state.