Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has flagged the construction of $60m Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing projects, RAAMP intervention road projects in Kwara state.
Governor AbdulRazaq who was represented at the flag off by his deputy, Kayode Alabi said that he paid the N400m (four hundred million counterpart fund to attract the intervention of RAAMP/World Bank project in the state.
He said that the government cannot lay claim to promote food security or seek investment into the state when the roads are in bad shape adding that this was his reason committed the huge resources into seeking partnership with international agencies.
“Our administration has so far paid N400m counterpart fund for the RAAMP to make these 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, Kwara State, Engineer Akorede Abduwahab Agboola in his welcome address commended the administration of Governor AbdulRazaq administration for scoring a first among the 13 states involved in RAAMP across the nation by being the first to flag of the construction project.
Agboola reiterated the importance of RAAMP assisted project in the opening and development of rural areas by creating accessibility to opportunities outside their domains especially the several road networks that will boost the 450km road network in each state of the federation assisting physical improvement of 5nos of Agro-Logistic centers across the nation.
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, and eliminate middlemen as well as improving the total economy of the rural areas and the state in general.
In his goodwill message, the National Coordinator of RAAMP, Engr. Aminu B. Mohammed who also commended Kwara for being the first state to initiate the flag off of rural road construction under the RAAMP assisted initiative.
He reiterated that this action will put Kwara ahead of other states of the federation at least the first among the thirteen participant state enjoying the RAAMP assistance.
The Speaker Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. (Engr) Yakub Saliu Danladi who said was very glad at the timing of the flag off adding that the road construction would also benefit him because he passes through Alapa to reach his own constituency, which suffers is characterized by poor road network requiring attention.
He also commented that the action of Governor AbdulRazaq is in tandem with his promise to ensure that the people of Kwara reap the dividends of democracy as promised during his campaigns.