Ondo State Nigeria: Soil Solutions and the Ondo State Government have partnered to begin improving roads in the Ondo State. In the interest of improving roads in their rural communities the Ondo State Government, through Governor Akeredolu, has entered the World Bank assisted Rural Access Mobility Programme (RAMP), later renamed the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), with the intention of creating farm to market access roads.
The objective of the Project is to bring about enhanced productive capacity and rapid development of Nigeria’s rural areas and the improvement of the living standards of its dwellers, through the provision of improved and efficient rural transport infrastructure necessary for economic and social development.
Officials from SAO Capital, Mr. Temitope Runsewe and Mr. Ayo Sotinrin, Consultants to the State Government on the project, recommended the Engineered Base Stabilizer (EBS) provided by Soil Solutions as a viable alternative to the proposed asphalt overlay, which had proven to wash away during rainy seasons.
Sealing the surface with EBS will provide a sustainable solution with improved road surfaces that will be protected from erosion, UV and water resistant, require less maintenance, constructed in a more efficient and economically sensible manner and most importantly enable the farmers to get their produce to the market with ease.
An area of the Molege Road link to the Owo Township Road was selected to perform a demonstration with the Engineered Base Stabilizer (EBS) to show the advantages over the asphalt method.
Moving forward as the project continues with the application of the EBS Surface Seal there are many opportunities for job creation and skills transfer to local contractors as well as local labour with the development of a community based maintenance programme.
About Soil Solutions: Soil Solutions provides a sustainable approach for the construction and upgrade of Rural Gravel roads. We have developed detailed Gravel Road Upgrade programmes for institutions and governments that allow for a specification, quality assurance & testing process and maintenance plan to be put into place that provides a long term sustainable solution for gravel road construction and upgrades.
Nigerian Ondo Government Gravel Roads Project – Soil Solutions