FEC’s approval for scale-up of RAMP II to include Imo State

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved that Imo State be included in the $60 million line of credit from the French Development Agency (AFD) for the scale-up of the Second Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP II).

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved that Imo State be included in the $60 million line of credit from the French Development Agency (AFD) for the scale-up of the Second Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP II).

Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun presented the Memo at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The National Assembly had, in the 2010 External Borrowing Plan of the Federal Government of Nigeria, approved AFD’s credit facility of $60 million to implement RAMP in Imo State.

Adeosun said the development objectives of the project, like the first phase (RAMP I), is to improve transport conditions, and bring sustained access to the rural population, through rehabilitation and maintaining key rural transport infrastructure in a sustainable manner in Imo State.

Lack of accessibility, caused by highly deteriorated transport infrastructure, is a key determinant of rural poverty and low agricultural productivity.

The project is designed around three components: Upgrading, Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Rural Transport Infrastructure; Community-based road maintenance and mechanized maintenance; and Project Management and Strengthening of Imo State road sector Institutional, Policy and Regulatory Framework.

RAMP II is expected to achieve an improvement in reducing cost of transportation of both passengers and goods, access to health facilities and improved income from agricultural activities in the affected communities.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, speaking on other projects, said the Council has given contractors handling the Oron-Calabar section of the East-West road a matching order to speed up completion for the rains.

“Council directed the Minister of Niger Delta to speed up re-negotiations with the contractors to ensure immediate resumption of the completion of that phase of road,” he said.

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