The Minority Leader of the Ogun State House of Assembly, who is also a member representing Ijebu Ode State Constituency, Hon. Olawale Alausa has lauded the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration for the construction of some roads in Ijebu-Ode.
Alausa gave the commendation when the Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural Development, Mr. Wale Ogunyomade took turn to defend the 2019 budget proposal of the Ministry of Rural Development before members of the State House of Assembly in Abeokuta.
While listing some of the roads under construction in his Constituency to include; Degun, Igbeba and Ita-Alapo roads, he noted that the urban development initiatives through massive road construction deserves commendation, calling for timely completion of the projects to aid the socio-economic development of the area.
Defending the budget proposal, Ogunyomade assured the lawmakers that all the earlier advertised rural roads and semi-urban roads would be completed as they had been captured in the 2019 budget estimate, adding that government was irrevocably committed to the provision of more infrastructural projects, particularly rural roads across the State.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Gbele Olugbebi said the Ministry had been ensuring the development of infrastructure within rural communities and small towns, with a view to uplifting commercial activities, thereby reducing rural-urban drift.
Olugbebi noted that the Ministry in the next fiscal year would provide effective and efficient distribution of power in rural areas, encourage community participation in the design, development and implementation of water projects, assuring of construction and rehabilitation of more rural roads in the coming year.
Analyzing the 2019 budget, the Permanent Secretary said the Ministry would expend N14bn on capital projects, N220m on recurrent expenditure with N1.205Bn expected as counterpart funding from foreign development agencies such as, World Bank among others.
Olugbebi who also presented the budget estimate of the State Water Supply and Sanitation Agency, said that the agency intended to spend the sum of N1.259Bn, of which N1.214Bn was meant for capital expenses and the remaining N45m for recurrent expenditure, including salaries and allowances.
He said the agency was committed to the prevention of water borne diseases and to improve on quality of lives of the rural populace, adding that efforts were being intensified to curb open defecation and faeces-oral transmission diseases such as, cholera, diarrhoea through the implementation of Community- led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programme in 30 rural communities.