Kwara Gov flags off $60m RAAMP intervention road projects
By Oluseyi Dasilva
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has flagged the construction of $60m Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing projects, RAAMP intervention road projects in Kwara State.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Kayode Alabi, said that he paid the N400m counterpart fund to attract the intervention of RAAMP in the state.
He said that the government could not lay claim to promoting food security or seek investment into the state when the roads are in bad shape. He said that was why the state committed the huge resources into seeking partnership with international agencies.
“Our administration has so far paid N400m counterpart fund for the RAAMP to make this intervention possible. I commend the World Bank and the international donor agencies for their support.
“We cannot claim to promote food security or seek investment from outside when the roads are in bad shape. We cannot seek brighter future for future generations when our schools and other enabling infrastructure are in shambles.”
He expressed appreciation to all sponsors and donor agencies as well as the ministry of works and transport, the state project monitoring committee, (SPMC) and the state project implementation unit for their hard work and commitment.
Earlier, the project coordinator, RAAMP, in Kwara state, Engr Akorede Abduwahab Agboola commended the state government under AbdulRazaq for scoring a first among the 13 states involved in RAAMP across the nation by being the first to flag off the construction project.
Agboola reiterated the importance of RAAMP-assisted projects in the opening and development of rural areas by creating access to opportunities outside their domains.
He said that the flag-off of the first 5.2km road in Alapa would, in no small way, help in reducing post-harvest losses, expose farmers to international trade, eliminate middlemen as well as improve the total economy of the rural areas and the state in general.
The speaker Kwara State House of Assembly, Engr. Yakub Saliu Danladi, said that the road construction would also benefit him because he passes through Alapa to reach his own constituency which is characterised by a poor road network that also requires attention.