The World Bank under the Rural Access Mobility Project (RAMP) has earmarked $60 million to construct 579 kilometers of rural roads in selected rural roads cutting across Niger State.
The national coordinator of RAMP, Alhaji Uban Doma disclosed this yesterday at the formal flag off of 403 kilometers second phase of the rural access roads project at Kompanin Bobi in Mariga local government area of the state.
He said that already 176 kilometers have been constructed in addition to 30 rivers crossing during the first phase of the project.
He added that 119 kilometers of rural roads have been selected for spot improvement to create access to the communities where river crossing were constructed.
While saying that the project started through counterparts funding with the state government in 2014, he explained that it was aimed at improving transport condition, expand and sustain access by the rural population through rehabilitating and maintaining key rural transport infrastructure in a sustainable manner.
The state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, who flagged off the project, expressed the determination of his administration to continue to seek for partnership and collaborations with reputable development and donor agencies to ensure accelerated development of critical sectors of the state.
He assured that all bottlenecks that will hinder the timely implementation of the rural projects would be removed, saying “we will also continue to pay all our counterpart contributions to development partners for all projects in the critical areas in the state”.
He said, “We are confident that this will improve the socio-economic status of the people.” He also expressed the readiness of his government to change the narratives of rural infrastructures.
He reiterated that the core value of RAMP was to promote rapid economic growth by providing all year round access to basic services and facilities in the state for the rural people in the renewed efforts to boost agricultural value chain initiative.
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