By Rita Iliya
Minna, July 9, 2020 (NAN) The Rural Access Mobility Project (RAMP), on Thursday in Minna sensitised stakeholders on maintenance of low volume rural-constructed roads in order to ensure their sustainability.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sensitisation workshop with the theme, “Promoting Rural Mobility and Adoption of Low Volume Road Manual”, was organised by RAMP in conjunction with the Niger State Ministry of Agriculture.
RAMP is to support the improvement of rural access and mobility by providing improved all seasons access rural roads network of a benefiting state and supporting the institutional reforms in the transport sector of the economy to improve management, among others.
Mr Ubandoma Ularamu, National Coordinator of RAMP, said the workshop was to promote rural mobility and dissemination of low volume road manual for social well-being and economic prosperity of rural areas and the state at large.
He said the state was the first to conduct the workshop to disseminate the rural road manuals that would guide engineers and stakeholders in designing and maintaining rural roads in the state and the country at large.
“I want to state that maintenance of our rural roads is key and this is to ensure that these roads are put in a motorable condition all year round,” he said.
Ularamu said that RAMP had constructed about 739km rural roads with 30 river-crossing in the state and urged the state government to key into the new RAMP.
In his remark, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, said the state government keyed into RAMP to enable rural communities partake in mainstream economic and social activities as well have access to basic services.
Bello, who was represented by Alhaji Ibrahim Panti, the state’s Commissioner for Works, said the achievements of RAMP prompted the state government to support it by surface dressing 230 km rehabilitated rural roads for sustainability.
Also, Alhaji Haliru Jikantoro, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said about 391 communities had been linked to economic and social activities in the state through RAMP intervention.
He added that RAMP intervention had led to reduction in maternal mortality rate, reduction in travel time as well as travel cost in RAMP intervention areas.
Jikantoro said the living standards of rural dwellers had also been improved.
Alhaji Hassan Etsu, RAMP Coordinator in Niger, disclosed that RAMP had expended about N10 billion on its intervention, while the state government was spending about N6 billion to surface-dress the roads to improve their life span.
NAN reports that presentations on achievements of RAMP II were made by Prof. Yahaya Kuta, the Team Leader while Dr Razak Olajide made a presentation on overview of RAMP II and its significance on socio-economic activities. (NAN)
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
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