The Kwara State Government has disclosed that it would soon commence the construction of 387km rural roads across the state under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project.
This was made known by the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya, on a radio programme: “Ibi aba’se de,” in Ilorin on Tuesday.
Yahaya said aside the roads in the listed communities, agro-allied cottage industries will also be constructed, where farmers in the communities can take their produce after harvest to reduce post-harvest losses.
He added that the industries will be based on the crop each community plants.
Yahaya noted that in the last three weeks, the ministry invited engineers who will be engaged to draw the road maps.
He said that process will end on Friday.
He added that thereafter, contractors will be engaged.
He said while the construction is going on, selected community representatives will serve as monitoring teams to oversee it in order to promote community engagement in projects carried out by government.
On the roads damaged by erosion, the commissioner said the state government has commenced the repair as well as maintenance work on drainage channels across the State.
Yahaya added that the rains had been the reason why the work has been slow.
He, therefore urged residents to desist from throwing refuse into the drainage systems when it rains or burn waste in them either.
He reiterated that the state government under the leadership of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed is committed to easing the plight of road users in the state.