W’Bank Tasks FG, States, Others On Maintenance Culture

W’Bank Tasks FG, States, Others On Maintenance Culture
One of the cardinal ways to reduce poverty in the developing economies of the world is to pay a premium on the maintenance culture of infrastructure, the World Bank has stressed.
The Bank, which spoke through a Consultant on the Rural Access And Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), during a courtesy call on the Commissioner for Rural Development in Ogun State, on Thursday, in Abeokuta, the State capital, rued that most of the pro-poor initiatives of governments suffer lack of sustainability.
“We, therefore, like to see for a fact that the equipment, personnel and experience of rural road maintenance agency are in place as part of supporting mechanism for project effectiveness, “Abdulmalik Ibrahim, the Consultant to the World Bank, said.
Ibrahim corroborated the earlier position of the representative of the Federal Project Management Unit (FPMU), Engr. Bukar Gana, that the ” revalidation of reprioritized roads and agro-logistics hubs alignment would get the necessary support for the smooth project take off.
Earlier in his welcome remark, the Commissioner for Rural Development, Engr. Taiwo Oludotun, assured the Bank of the readiness of the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led government to redefine governance to impact the grassroots.
“We are redefining governance to the extent that a bottom-top approach whereby we ask for peoples input is the order of the day.
“The old order when the government determines what the people want on her own whims and caprices is over,” Oludotun stated.

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