Lack of follow-up maintenance has been identified as the factor militating against the constant functioning of public infrastructural facilities in the country.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola stated this in Iwo at the opening of a Seminar/Training for Rural Roads Maintenance Personnel drawn from rural areas where roads had been constructed by the Osun Rural Access and Mobility Projects (O’RAMP) in collaboration with the World Bank and French Development Agency (AFD) for proper maintenance for sustainability.
Representing the Governor at the flag off ceremony, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Hon Babatunde Ibirogba said that, it is high time to imbibe good maintenance culture as the projects belongs to the benefiting communities.
Governor Aregbesola said it was the decision of the present administration to put in place a Maintenance Team for all its facilities with a view to reducing the cost of governance.
He commended Osun RAMP management for doing an excellent job at the rural areas of the State as well as EZ37, the organizer of the Training Programs on Rural Roads Maintenance.
Earlier in his speech, the Project Coordinator of Osun RAMP, Engr Adelere Oriolowo explained that, the RAMP Maintenance Teams in various zones are to ensure durability of its facilities.
He said that, the Seminar was put in place to educate the participants on basic road maintenance since they were not professionals.
The team members, according to Engineer Oriolowo, will inform the RAMP office if they encounter any problem beyond their scope adding that, similar seminars will be organized for RAMP Road Maintenance in other zones subsequently.