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Rochas Okorocha Demands FG Includes Imo State in Rural Access Mobility Project

June 11, 2014

The Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has called on the Nigerian Government and its development partners - the World Bank and the French Development Agency to graciously consider the admittance of Imo State into the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP).

While speaking through the Deputy Governor of the State, Prince Eze Madumere, who paid a courtesy visit to the National Coordinator of Rural Access and Mobility Project, Ubandoma Ularamu recently in Abuja, the Governor said that the visit was aimed at checking out with the National Coordinator the status of the submissions which Imo State had made towards participation in the RAMP.

The Deputy Governor described RAMP as a veritable vehicle for rural development which employs its strategy to support the ongoing effort to open up the rural areas as well as help farming communities in Local Government Areas such as Ohaji, Egbema, Ngor-Okpuala to convey farm products to the markets. He also assured the Coordinator of the readiness of the State Government to fulfill all necessary conditions required for participation in the Rural Access and Mobility Project and subsequent implementation.

Speaking earlier, the National Coordinator of the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP), Ubandoma Ularamu welcomed the Deputy Governor to the RAMP, stating that the efforts being made by the State to participate in the RAMP was a step in the right direction. He also informed the Deputy Governor that RAMP is aimed at assisting States and Local Governments to adopt the best strategic approach in the management of the rural transport infrastructure in the States to ensure overall access and mobility within its networks.

He further explained that the Federal Project Management Unit has made submissions to the World Bank and the French Development Agency who are co-sponsoring the second phase of the Rural Access and Mobility project in Adamawa, Enugu, Niger and Osun States; saying the organization is awaiting their response. Ubandoma reassured the Deputy Governor of support from the Federal Project Management Unit to enable the participation of Imo State in the Rural Access and Mobility Project.

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Source: AllAfrica

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