In pursuit of its rural development programme, the Ondo State Government has embarked on the execution of 345 rural development projects at a cost of about N3 billion.
The state Commissioner for Community Development and Co-operatives, Mr Clement Faboyede, said that 260 of the projects had been completed and delivered to the communities.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure on Tuesday that the government was committed to rural transformation of the state.
Faboyede, who said other projects were at various stages of completion, pointed out that the projects tagged “Quick Win” were executed to the tastes of the communities.
He said that the government did not just execute them, but with the consent of each community and what they required after due negotiation and consultations with the people.
The commissioner said that the ministry had just completed another round of a need assessment survey for quick win projects in another 40 communities in preparation for award of the contracts.
Faboyede said that all the projects embarked upon in the quick win project would be completed before the end of the first tenure of Gov. Olusegun Mimiko's administration.
``By the Grace of God, when we return for the second term we can continue with our community development programme for total transformation and better life for our rural dwellers,’’ Faboyede said.
He also said that the government had set aside some fund to assist communities that embarked on self-help projects and solicited the people’s support for the return of Mimiko.
According to him, some of the projects are basic health centres, UNICEF-standard classrooms, town halls, market stalls, solar-powered bore holes, among others. (NAN)