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Name: Construction and Rehabilitation of Rural Roads
City/State: Cross River State
Purpose: Transporation and infrastructure
Budget: $ 59,000,000
Status: Approved for direct financing by African Development Bank




Cross River State is to benefit from a $59 million African Development Bank (ADB) assisted Rural Access and Mobilization Project RAMP) grant to construct and

Out of this amount, ADB will provide $53 million while the State is expected to provide $6m counterpart funding for the project.
While receiving a team from the ADB led by the bank’s Transport Engineer Mr. Peter Sturmheit in Calabar, Governor Donald Duke of Cross River State described the project as a welcome intervention which falls in line with the State’s developmental aspiration.
Duke stated that when the administration assumed office in 1999, it came out with a well articulated plan which identified lack of rural infrastructure as one of the problems facing rural areas and the movement of food crops, adding that government had to first draw a road map for each community which today has resulted in 75 percent of the communities in the state being covered under an aggressive rural electrification programme as the remaining communities will be linked to the national grid in no distant future.

The governor noted that its action is to enhance the living standard in rural areas especially among rural farmers, adding that rural development being one of the focal points of the State government, culminated in the monthly deduction of two and half percent of local government fund under the state local government law towards the upgrading of health care, education, rural roads and water supply.

He stressed the need for a bulk of money to go into actual execution of projects rather than consultancy, stating that the Ministry of Works has the necessary expertise for the project based on the proved fact that the State Government has already executed work on the area of mapping out all rural roads as well as aerial mapping of the entire state which will be of great importance to the project.

Duke explained that Cross River State is a large land mass of over 23,000 square kilometer with a population of three million people and that the money for the project would not be adequate to cover the entire state, hence the need to place less attention on consultancy for more resources to go for the execution of the projects.
On counter part funding, Duke assured that it would not pose any problem as the details would be worked out in the few days, saying that the state is once again pleased to work with ADB, having worked with it earlier in the execution of its water project.
He therefore lauded the bank for its assistance and expressed joy that the project which has emphasis on rural roads with agriculture component would go a long way to build on as well as better the con-earth technology introduced by government for rural roads to make them durable.

Sturmheit said they were in the state to appraise the planned RAMP estimated at the cost of $59 million, stressing that the project will focus on poverty reduction with emphasis on providing sustainable rural access roads transportation and institutional support components to enhance growth.
He said the project will build bridges, culverts jetties, provide design study, capacity building, procurement, planning and feasibility studies among others, noting that it will assist in the provision of rural roads and make rural communities assessable thereby empowering them.

Mr. Julius Okputu the Commissioner for Works asserted that RAMP is an ADB assisted project which will assist the development of rural roads because of the agricultural components attached to it.
 
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