The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr. Ikanade Agba, yesterday, said the Federal Government was wor

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The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr. Ikanade Agba, yesterday, said the Federal Government was working on 377 roads in 266 rural communities across the country.⁣
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Agba disclosed this while inspecting the progress of work on the 7.5 km Nsukka-Lejja-Igbo-Etiti Road in Enugu State.⁣
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The minister said the Federal Government had approved N34b for projects, which were part of its Economic Sustainability Plan against the extreme impact of the Coronavirus.⁣
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Agba said the Federal Government also released another N60b to the Federal Roads Management Agency (FERMA) for the rehabilitation of failed portions of major highways across the country.⁣
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According to him, the country witnessed a shortfall in staple food supply during the pandemic, which invariably was responsible for increase in food prices.⁣
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He said it was unacceptable that farmers in the rural areas were recording 50 to 60 per cent post-harvest losses, due to the bad roads.⁣
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“The President is very concerned about the livelihood of people in rural areas, and he is concerned that 60 per cent of what you produce get spoilt.⁣
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“That was why during the pandemic, food became a problem and he now decided to encourage our farmers by embarking on these projects to link your communities to urban centres.⁣
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“Our target is to record 100 per cent post-harvest success without necessarily increasing hectarage, and to achieve this, we must improve infrastructure within the agricultural corridor,” he said.⁣
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The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr. Ikanade Agba, yesterday, said the Federal Government was working on 377 roads in 266 rural communities across the country.⁣

Agba disclosed this while inspecting the progress of work on the 7.5 km Nsukka-Lejja-Igbo-Etiti Road in Enugu State.⁣

The minister said the Federal Government had approved N34b for projects, which were part of its Economic Sustainability Plan against the extreme impact of the Coronavirus.⁣

Agba said the Federal Government also released another N60b to the Federal Roads Management Agency (FERMA) for the rehabilitation of failed portions of major highways across the country.⁣

According to him, the country witnessed a shortfall in staple food supply during the pandemic, which invariably was responsible for increase in food prices.⁣

He said it was unacceptable that farmers in the rural areas were recording 50 to 60 per cent post-harvest losses, due to the bad roads.⁣

“The President is very concerned about the livelihood of people in rural areas, and he is concerned that 60 per cent of what you produce get spoilt.⁣

“That was why during the pandemic, food became a problem and he now decided to encourage our farmers by embarking on these projects to link your communities to urban centres.⁣

“Our target is to record 100 per cent post-harvest success without necessarily increasing hectarage, and to achieve this, we must improve infrastructure within the agricultural corridor,” he said.⁣

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