Developing partners involved in the coordination, construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of rural road networks under the second Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP-2) have rated the government of Niger State as the best in terms of the implementation of the project, declaring that the state was now among the best in terms of “procurement, safeguards, financial management and technical experience to manage rural roads.”
In a letter of commendation addressed to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, the development partners noted that a total of 176 km of roads has been rehabilitated in the state while another 404 km are under rehabilitation, in addition to 29 river crossings, consisting of culverts and bridges that have also have been constructed.
The letter of commendation which was jointly signed by the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Mr. Shubham Chaudhuri and the Country Director of French Development Agency for Nigeria Mr.Pascal Grangereau said the roads rehabilitated and river crossings constructed provide all-weather access for over 120 communities with an estimated population of 342,00 people in the state.
It said the scheme has impacted on many communities in the areas of easy access to health facilities, increased schools enrollment, reduced transport costs and improved the living standard of the rural dwellers economically and socially. “The cost of transportation has reduced by 40 percent along project road corridors while post- harvest loss is reported to have dropped by 30 percent,” the letter said.
It emphasized that the arrangement where the communities located along the project roads provide maintenance of the roads generate employment
opportunity for 216 numbers of men and women in rural communities in