The Chairman, Plateau House of Assembly Standing Committee on Works, Mr Sunday Muchen, has commended the state government’s for the construction of over 22 rural roads to ease the movement of farm produce to urban markets in Plateau state.
Mr Muchen made the commendation after he inspected road projects in Jos East Local Government of the state.
“More than 85 per cent of Plateau people are farmers and live in the suburbs. Developments can only reach such hinterlands if there are good roads,” he said.
Muchen said that the 22 rural roads being constructed by the government across the 22 state constituencies would boost agricultural activities in the state.
The lawmaker, who represents Bokkos Constituency, said that the road projects were a testimony to Governor Simon Lalong’s passion and determination to ensure even development.
He however lamented the massive losses suffered by farmers owing to bad roads and expressed optimism that the situation would soon change.
“The situation is particularly bad for large scale farmers. They cannot convey their produce to the markets and the buyers cannot reach the farms either.When that happens, the goods just perish, leaving the farmers in utter anguish and pains,” he said.
The lawmaker said that the projects would address the infrastructure deficit and attract investors to tap resources on the Plateau.
According to him, more revenue would also be generated if the produce are taken to the urban markets, while more people will also be encouraged to go to the farms.