By Muhammad B. Tukur
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri Friday, flagged off construction and rehabilitation of Marraba Dumne- Hombo rural road covering 16.9 kilometres in Song local government area and Baza to Zaa project covering 25 kilometres in Michika local government area of Adamawa state.
The projects, to be executed by Hydro Source and Resources Limited and Gongola Group Construction Limited are in addition to the 281 kilometres as well as 65 river crossing roads earlier awarded by the government under the Rural Access and Mobility Project RAMP two.
Speaking during the event at Marraba Dumne in Song local government, Governor Umaru Fintiri explained that the projects were awarded to provide access to many rural communities in Adamawa and ease transportation of farm produce within and outside the state for improved economy.
He added that rural areas remained the primary concern of his administration. He therefore he would do all that he could to ensure robust development and improve livelihood to enable people at the grassroot contribute their quota to the state and national development.
The Governor represented by the Commissioner of Rural Infrastructure and Community Development, Alhaji Abdullahi Pirambe declared that his administration has made it a clear priority to restore agriculture in the state as it is a surest way to alleviate poverty and bring development.
He stressed that the present administration would work closely with assisting partners like RAMP two for the rapid development of the state, where he revealed that the construction of river crossing road from Hombo to Dumne was over 65% completion.
The Governor urged the contractors handling the projects to ensure quality and timely delivery. He also acknowledged with appreciation the contribution of donor agencies have have been complementing that of the state government in providing good governance to the people of Adamawa.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary Ministry for Rural Infrastructure and Community Development, Engineer Muhammad Hau Muktar, who is the Chairman State Project Monitoring Committee said the completion of the roads would add value to agriculture in the state.
In his remark, the Chairman Song local government, Alhaji Gidado Abdulsalam said the Mararraba-Dumne-Hombo road project when completed would ease transportation difficulties hitherto experienced by people of the area during the raining season.
He thanked Governor Umaru Fintiri for giving adequate attention to the local government.
In their separate goodwill messages, the State Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Central Zone Alhaji Yayaji Audu Gombi, Mr. Kefas Magaji and Baba Amos Dumne commended Governor Umaru Fintiri for executing various projects in the area and Adamawa as a whole.
On his part, the Chairman Gongola Group Construction Limited, Mr Adamu Gongola who spoke on behalf of his counterpart of Hydro Source Resources Limited assured that as indigenous contractors they would ensure quality work within stipulated
timeframe of 12 months. He solicited for the cooperation of the people.