Nigeria To Expand Rural Access And Agriculture Project To 36 States
The Nigerian Government says it plans to expand the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project, RAAMP, to the 36 states of the federation.
The National Project Coordinator of RAAMP, Mr Aminu Mohammed said this during the Agency’s Annual retreat and training of staff in Calabar, Cross River State.
The aim of RAAMP is to provide access roads in rural areas to boost agricultural marketing.
Mohammed said “RAAMP was poised at making remarkable impact across the country, hence the need to extend the project to all states.”
He expressed delight over the increase in the number of participating states to 20, stressing that the successes recorded from the project’s commencement in 2008 in Cross River and Kaduna paved the way for its growth.
Mohammed urged participating states to be more active in implementing the project, to enable them have access to more funds and expand their rural road infrastructure.
“Some of the state project coordinators are doing very well; all hands must be on deck to achieve the goals of the project because there will be more funding if we are able to do the job well.
“We are looking at making the project multi-phased and also introducing technology in its implementation because we believe that we will achieve more using technology,” he said.
The State Governor, Ben Ayade called on the staff of the project to put national interest above their ethnic, religious and political inclinations in the discharge of their assignment.
Governor Ayade described RAAMP as a multi-dimensional project capable of positively changing lives, especially those of rural dwellers.
He promised to keep supporting the vision of RAAMP in its aim to make life more meaningful to rural dwellers across the country.
The Governor was represented by Dr. Inyang Asibong, Commissioner for International Donor Cooperation.
The World Bank Tasks Team Leader, Mr Olatunji Ahmed allayed fears of the challenges that might hinder the smooth running of the project.
He assured the staff of the readiness of the bank to ensure a seamless implementation process.
The staff were trained in project management, team building in service delivery and Systemic Tracking of Exchanges in Procurement (STEP), amongst others.
NAN/ Mercy Chukwudiebere