The National Coordinator, Federal Projects Monitoring Unit, Mr. Ubandoma Umarama disclosed on Monday that the Federal Government, African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank are partnering in the construction of a 700 kilometres of rural roads in Kano State.
Umarama, represented by Aminu Mohammed said this at a one-day stakeholders’ workshop in the state.
His words: “The federal government is playing an intermediary role in the projects which is expected to enhance socio-economic activities of the benefiting communities.’’
He also revealed that the current beneficiary states of the initiative are Adamawa, Cross River, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna and Osun.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop is on identification of intervention areas and selection of high priority rural roads for the AfDB/World Bank-funded RAMP III in Kano State.
The Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje said the project was in line with his administration’s commitment to improve the socio-economic activities of rural dwellers.
He said the state had recently awarded contracts for the construction of 500 kilometres of rural roads across the 44 local government areas of the state.
“Rural infrastructure development is aimed at uplifting the living standard of rural dwellers, hence our decision to provide the roads for easy access to these areas.
“These projects, when completed, would not only link the areas to the local and state headquarters, but would also enable rural farmers to transport their farm produce to various markets in the state,’’ the governor said.
The state Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Alhaji Usman Ririwai, applauded the federal government for the initiative saying that many communities in the state have suffered a lot due to lack of access roads.