474km of road will be constructed and rehabilitated

The Cross River State government, on Thursday in Calabar, said that it had invested N13.3 billion on the construction and rehabilitation of 474 kilometres of rural roads.

Governor Liyel Imoke, who announced this at a ceremony organised by the state’s Rural Access and Mobility Project (CR-RAMP), said the investment  is a huge step in the right direction.

“The selection of the 474 kilometres of the rural roads was determined by the criteria approved by the African Development Bank (ADB). With over 70 percent of the population of the state living in the rural areas, my government considers rural roads as essential for rural development,” Imoke said.

The programme, which was implemented under the RAMP, was initiated in 2006 by the Federal Government and ADB to provide all-season access to rural communities in Nigeria.

Imoke said the state would strengthen its collaboration with relevant agencies to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and deliver 100 percent of the Rural Access Mobility Project by 2013.

RAMP national coordinator, Ubandoma Ularamu, said the Federal Government had fulfilled 70 percent of its financial obligations for RAMP implementation in the state.

He said about 200 kilometres of rural roads had been constructed nationwide under constituency projects of the National Assembly.

Ularamu commended Imoke for his achievements and contributions to RAMP in the state.

Earlier, Legor Idagor, the Commissioner for Works, said that effective supervision mechanism had been put in place to ensure that contracts were not compromised. He also said that adequate budgetary provision had been made to pay contractors.

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