The Rural Access Mobility Project (RAMP) of the World Bank has earmarked $60 Million for the construction of 579 kilometres of rural roads across the 25 local government areas of Niger state before the end of 2019.
The state is however expected to contribute some percentage of the contract sum as counterpart funds.
The National coordinator of RAMP, Alhaji Uban Doma who gave details of work at the formal flag off of 403 kilometres second phase of the rural roads project at Kompanin Bobi in Mariga local government area of the state said that already 176 kilometers have been constructed in addition to 30 river crossing during the first phase of the project.
He said 119 kilometres of rural roads have been selected for spot improvement to create access to the communities where river crossing were constructed to emphasise the fact that the project is targeted at the remotest villages to create access that will boost their economic activities.
From findings the world bank RAMP commenced operation in the state in 2014. The national coordinator reiterated that the project is aimed at improving transport condition, expand and sustain access by the rural population through rehabilitating and maintaining key rural transport infrastructure in a sustainable manner.
In the second phase of the rural roads to be constructed and rehabilitated were Fellegi- Shafini in Magama local government are, about 12.7 kilometre , Shagunu-Luma road I Borgu local government area about 26.92 kilometres and Bangi- Kasuwan Garba in Mariga local government are with spur to Galma about 60 kilometres.
Others are Kompani Bobi- Kasuwan Garba about 28.7 kilometre in Mariga local government while in another package in Niger East were Sullu junction –Daku bridge-Sabon Doki abot 5 kilometre in Tafa local government, Sullu junction-kabo road as well as old Gawu- Tuna-Farindoki in Gurara and Paikoro local government areas respectively all about 68 kilometre.