The villagers residing at Aladua village in Ayedaade Local Government Area of Osun State who are predominantly cocoa farmers have volunteered their services on the construction of the access road to the village so as to save cost and make good use of the fund provided for the project by the Osun State Agency for Community and Social Development.
The villagers said prior to the CSDP intervention, they had been suffering for decades as a result of the deplorable condition of the road leading to the village.
The construction has now reached appreciable level as CSDP provided the 90 per cent of the total cost of the project.
The road is now being constructed through direct labour by villagers to meet up with the provision of their 10 per cent counterpart funding for the project.
The 10 per cent contribution of the total cost of the project by the community is one of the conditions for accessing the CSDP interventions and such contribution could be in cash or kind or both.
The cocoa farmers, including women, trooped out and participated in direct labour work during the construction of the road.
The villagers said they were cut-off and disconnected from the state for several years as a result of the deplorable state of the road that leads to the community.
The villagers expressed the hope that the village would be accessible by the produce buyers when the road becomes drivable and that it would enable them to take their farm produce to the market without the needless stress they are encountering at the moment.
The Secretary of the Aladua Village Road Construction Committee, Surajudeen Odediran, said the cost of the construction is N8,764,800.
Odediran said the community was asked to contribute 10 per cent and that 90 per cent of the cost would be provided by CSDP.
Out of N876,480, which is 10 per cent, the farmers volunteered themselves to work as labours on the site in lieu of their counterpart fund.
Odediran said: “When we could no longer bear the hardship as a result of the lack of access road to the village, we sought the help of the CSDP and we were asked to contribute 10 percent of the cost of the project. The CSDP is a World Bank Assisted project with counterpart fund from government.
Credit: The Eagle Online