By Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has said that the federal government’s efforts at building critical road infrastructure to boost agriculture and economic diversification in the country should be applauded by lovers of democracy.
He said lack of access roads to evacuate agricultural produce had remained a huge setback for agriculture in the rural communities across the country, thereby leading to wastage, while also making farming appear an unprofitable venture to many.
The lawmaker, who spoke when he inspected the ongoing construction of the 27-kilometre Nenwe-Nomeh-Mburumbu-Nara road in Enugu State weekend with a spur to Oduma, said the federal government was on track.
He said: â€œIt 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 are also very good at groundnuts, palm cassava, fruits, and so many others. They are capable of hosting value-adding companies to farm products.
â€œUnfortunately, 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.”