Akwa Ibom State government said it has contributed N832 Million as counterpart fund with the World Bank and the French Development Agency for the realization of Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) in the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Offiong Offor made the disclosure during a State wide stakeholders Consultation and Sensitisation Workshop held at Ibom Hall, Uyo, with the theme, “Rural Accessibility and Agro-Logistics: A Panacea for Socio-Economic Growth in Akwa Ibom State.”
The Commissioner who lauded the World Bank and the French Development Agency for conceiving the programme said realizing the task was not easy for the state government as it expressed interest in RAAMP since 2016, got enlisted in 2017 and quickly paid the N832 million thereafter to facilitate the quick take off of the project.
She said, “It must be emphasized that realizing this feat has not been an easy task. The state government had expressed interest in RAAMP since 2016; got enlisted in 2017 and quickly paid N832 million as counterpart funds in 2018 to accelerate a prompt take-off of the project.”
She however expressed optimism that further delay of the project’s effectiveness would become a thing of the past as there will be a hitch – free implementation of the project.
The Commissioner said the programme would crystalize in the construction of over 500km rural roads, bridges, drainages and boast rural development efforts of the state government.
“RAAMP would also galvanize all agricultural value chains, promote their marketing options and provide other ancillary opportunities that would add value to our primary agricultural produce.
“This would enable our farmers to reduce production cost, maximize profits and above all improve the general condition of lives across our rural communities”, the commissioner said.
She added that the multiplier effects of RAAMP would “promote the infrastructural profile of our dear state, reinforce our industrialization potentials, grow agriculture from subsistence to business practice as well as create jobs and wealth for our youths”.
She, therefore commended the State Project Monitoring Committee, and the State Project Implementation Unit for their contributions,