By Ogu Bundu Nwadike, M.A
In the Bible book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3 verse 1, the word of God teaches that there’s time and season for everything on earth.
Beginning from Wednesday, August 27, 2019, it will be the time and season for the construction and reconstruction of rural roads in Imo State, Southeast Nigeria.
It’s significant that the landmark, milestone project is being activated within the first 100 days of Gov. Ihedioha in office; actually on the day 91 of the life of the RebuildImo administration.
On hand to perform the flag off ceremony of the project code named “RAMP 2” (i.e Rural Access and Monitoring Project-2), will be the governor of the State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, CON, KSC.
His first Port of call, according to the schedule released by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Rural Development, Chief Richmond Osuji, will be the Umuduru-Egbeaguru Road at Afor Umuduru in Onuimo Local Government Area (LGA) by 10:30am.
From Onuimo LGA the team will head for Mbaitoli LGA, where at Afor Ubomiri, the construction of the Ubomiri-Obazu-Orlu Road will be flagged off by 2:00pm.
Next will be at Isu LGA, where at Orie Amurie the Amurie-Ezisu Road will be flagged off by 3:30pm.
These RAMP 2 Projects will go round the entire 27 LGA in the State. This is line with the electioneering campaign promise of Gov. Ihedioha to focus on rural development, particularly roads and rural cottage industries.
The importance of good roads to the overall development of a society cannot be over-emphasized.
Good roads are very important to rural development as they are to urban development.
Indeed, as has been experienced in Imo State from 2011 to 2019 when the Ex-governor Rochas Okorocha was governor, bad roads are inimical to the meaningful development of the State.
In the urban areas, all of the 27 LGAs, 700 autonomous communities and 305 wards in the State, not up to 5% can pass any sincere Integrity Test by COREN and NSE certified road construction engineers.
The ex-governor blatantly neglected Imo roads, particularly rural roads, to rot and decay.
That’s why the RAMP-2 policy project of the RebuildImo administration led by Gov. Ihedioha is a very welcome development. It’s a right move in the right direction.
At least, with passing time, probably 100% of rural roads will be constructed and reconstructed.
The advantages of so doing won’t have any disadvantage. It will be the new dawn to the much desired rural renewal, with its abundant benefits for all stakeholders.
Rural economic activities will receive a fresh boost just as other benefits like decrease in rural-urban migration with its attendant challenges, increase in employment opportunities, job and wealth creation, increase in farming and agriculture, cooperative societies, etcetera.
That will also have positive impact on the industrialization policy of the RebuildImo administration by way of enhancing the movement and supply of raw materials from the rural areas to the factories and industries both in the rural areas and the urban areas.
Indeed, the there are an elasticity of multiplier effects of the construction and reconstruction of rural roads which the Government has code named RAMP-2.
With the concerted efforts of the various inter-related ministries, Gov. Ihedioha’s vision and mission for the rebuiding of Imo State will come to pass, by the grace of God. To God be the glory!