FG to Expand RAAMP to All States

January 15, 2023
Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project RAAMP

By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government has made plans to expand the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) to the 36 states of the federation.

Mr Aminu Mohammed, National Project Coordinator of RAAMP, disclosed this during the agency’s annual retreat and training of staff in Calabar last week.

The aim of the programme is to provide road networks in rural areas to boost agricultural marketing, and this was the rationale behind the need to extend the project to all states.

Mr Mohammed expressed delight over the increase in the number of participating states to 20, noting that the successes recorded from the project’s commencement in 2008 in Cross River and Kaduna paved the way for its growth.

He urged participating states to be more active in implementing the project to enable them to access more funds to 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.

On his part, the Governor of Cross River State, Mr Ben Ayade, while declaring the event opened, called on the staff of the project to put national interest above their ethnic, religious and political inclinations in the discharge of their assignment.

The Governor, who was represented by Mr Inyang Asibong, Commissioner for International Donor Cooperation, 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 for rural dwellers across the country.

Mr Olatunji Ahmed, the World Bank Tasks Team Leader, also allayed fears of the challenges that might hinder the smooth running of the project and assured the staff of the readiness of the bank to ensure a seamless implementation process.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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