Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has assured farmers in the state to go about their normal farming business as his administration will commit substantial amount of resources to support security agencies in addressing insecurity bedeviling the state.
This he said the state is also committed to improving the capacity of farmers to get the best out of their farms and sell products competitively in the markets.
Bello said this during the commissioning the 21km Suleja-Abuchi-Izom – Farindoki old Gawu roads at Abuchi fadama in Tafa local government area of the state.
“Our overall target is to improve the capacity of our farmers to get the best out of their farms and sell products competitively in the markets; which is a prerequisite for sustainable rural development. By doing this, we will be able to facilitate and promote economic growth for our farmers and other rural dwellers thereby providing all-year-round access to basic services and facilities across the State.
“As part of our efforts to empower the people and create meaningful means of sustenance for them, we have engaged the people along the corridors of these rural roads for the management and maintenance of the roads. Through this process, we are institutionalizing rural roads maintenance activities, a legacy we hope to enshrine in the governance process of Niger State.
“It is my belief that with the expanded access to motorable roads, we would be reducing the cost of transportation, lifting people out of poverty and minimizing waste of agricultural produce in the state. Farmers who are hitherto faced with difficulties of sourcing and transporting key inputs (like seeds or fertilizers) to their farms and evacuating their harvests to the local and regional markets will now be relieved,” Bello said.
The Governor who expressed sadness by the increased acts of banditry and kidnapping activities going on in some parts of the state assured the residents around all the troubled areas that his government is making concerted efforts to tackle insecurity in the whole state.
He therefore called on all residents in the state to be security conscious and render useful information to the security agencies to enable them rapidly respond to any security threat.
In his welcome remarks, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and rural development, Hon Haliru Zakari Jikantoro, disclosed that the road network linked over 30 rural communities in the area.
He noted that about 21,000km of rural roads in the state which are poorly maintained, the Governor Bello led administration decided to focus on reviving some rural roads infrastructure development under tye second phase of the Rural Access And Mobility Project (RAMP) by embarking on coat surface dressing of 6 selected roads with a total length of 245km spread across the three zones of the state.
Some of the residents of the area expressed satisfaction over the construction of the road saying it will relief them of transportation stress and attract more customers to their villages..