ENUGUâ€”Enugu State Government has set aside N150 million as counterpart fund for the take off of the World Bank Assisted Rural Access and Mobility Project, RAMP, for 2010.
Governor Sullivan Chime announced this on Monday in Enugu in a message to a stakeholders workshop on â€œIdentification, Selection and Prioritisation of Rural Road Networks in Enugu State.â€™â€™
Chime, who was represented by the Commissioner for Works, Mr Godwin Madueke, said the government was passionate about the project, adding that it paid N35 million in 2008 and N69.6 million in 2009.
The Governor, however, wondered why the project had not fully taken off and urged the people involved, both at the World Bank and the Federal Government to match the tempo of the governmentâ€™s rural development.
He also urged stakeholders at the workshop to approach the business with all seriousness by constructively analysing the work of consultants to give the people maximum benefit from the project.
The National Coordinator of RAMP, Mr Lawrence Nwaezike, said the project was jointly funded by the World Bank and the French Development Agency, AFD, to the tune of 60 million dollars while Enugu contributed 12 million dollars.
Nwaezike explained that the objective of the project was to reduce poverty through making rural roads in the state accessible to enable farmers to evacuate their produce to various markets in and around the state.