The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has commended the Federal Government for its efforts at building critical road infrastructure to boost agriculture and economic diversification in the country.
Ekweremadu stated this at the weekend when he inspected the ongoing construction of the 27-kilometre Nenwe-Nomeh-Mburumbu-Nara Road, with a spur to Oduma.
Ekweremadu said lack of access roads to evacuate agricultural products had remained a huge setback for agriculture in the rural communities across the country, thereby leading to wastage, while also making farming appears an unprofitable ventures to many.
He said: “It is well known that the beneficiary communities of this road project are food baskets. They are especially good at rice production and palm produce. They also are also very good at groundnuts, palm cassava, fruits, and so many others. They are capable of hosting value-adding companies to farm products.
“Unfortunately, there has been no access road to evacuate their farm produce or encourage value-adding firms to set up around the communities to boost agriculture and help diversify the economy and create employment. Lack of access road has resulted in wastage and economic loses.
“So, we approached the Federal Government with a request to construct this vital road and we have been on it for some years now. Today, we are happy that the Federal Government has made good its promise to construct the road to boost agriculture and economic diversification agenda.
“We are also happy that a capable and credible construction company is handing the project. We believe it will be concluded within the scheduled timeframe to open up these food baskets to the rest of the nation and investors”.
Ekweremadu urged the project communities to continue to cooperate with the construction company to make the work easier.
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