A’Ibom congratulates W’Bank, French agency for the start of the project
The Akwa Ibom State Government has commended the efforts and visions of the World Bank and the French Development Agency in designing the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project and its eventual take-off in the state. .
The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Offiong Offor delivered the praise during the Statewide Stakeholder Consultation and Awareness Workshop held in Ibom Hall, Uyo, on the theme “Rural accessibility and agro-logistics: a panacea”. for socio-economic growth in Akwa Ibom State.
She said the program would crystallize in the construction of more than 500 km of rural roads, bridges, drainages and boast of the state government’s rural development efforts.
“I congratulate the World Bank and the French Development Agency for their vision in the design of this program, which will materialize in a short time in the construction of 500 km of rural roads; the construction of bridges and other cross-drainage structures as well as the development of markets and agro-logistics centers across the state.
“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 products.
“This would allow our farmers to reduce production costs, maximize profits and most importantly improve general living conditions in our rural communities,” the commissioner said.
She added that the multiplier effects of RAAMP would “boost the infrastructural profile of our beloved state, enhance our industrialization potentials, shift subsistence agriculture to commercial practice, and create jobs and wealth for our young people.”
While commending the State Project Monitoring Committee and the State Project Implementation Unit for their contributions, the Commissioner commended the initiatives of the State Government in paying its contributions of counterpart of 832 million naira in 2018 for the start of the program.
She said: “It must be emphasized that achieving this feat was no easy task. The state government had shown interest in RAAMP since 2016, enlisted in 2017, and promptly disbursed N832 million as matching funds in 2018 to accelerate the rapid start of the project.
“However, we hope that other delays responsible for delaying the effectiveness of the project have now passed to ensure a hitch – the free implementation of the project.”
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