National Coordinator of the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP), Mr Ularamu Ubandoma, says a total of 18 states from the six geopolitical zones in the country have been selected to participate in the third phase of rural roads construction to ensure farmer’s access to markets and reduce post-harvest losses.
He said the third phase of the project which is now known as Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), is a little difference from the usual ‘RAMP’ and it is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration policy on agriculture being implemented through the Nigeria ‘The Green Alternative’ the leadership of Chief Audu Ogbe, Minister of Agriculture and Rural development.
Ubandoma stated this during the ‘pre-appraisal mission wrap up meeting with participating states and development partners, held at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja, yesterday.
He said the selected states aside meet up with the laid down criteria, show willingness and commitment to be part of the project, saying the thinking is to achieve the ‘zero reject’ target of the nation’s agricultural produces at the international markets.
He added that a total of about fifty to sixty million US dollars ($50 -60m) will be committed to the project in each of the state by the World Bank and other development agencies.
What we are doing here today is a meeting with the new RAAMP states that have been selected to participate in the project across the country. From the North-east, we have Borno, Bauchi and Taraba states, while North-central states are Plateau, Benue, Kogi and Kwara, and in the North-west, we have Kano, Sokoto, Katsina and Kebbi states.
Also from the South-south, we have Cross River and Akwa Ibom, while South-western states are Ogun, Oyo and Ondo, and in the South-east, we have Anambra and Abia. These are the states that emerged from the six geopolitical zones in the country.
The new RAAMP is a little difference from the usual RAMP under which we implemented phase one and two and we are into phase three. Under the phase one, we have Cross River and Kaduna and in phase two, we have Enugu, Adamawa, Niger, Osun and Imo states. The only difference is that, in the new RAAMP, we are targeting it in line with President Muhammadu Buhari policy on agriculture. The policy is been implemented through the Nigeria ‘The Green Alternative, an Agriculture Promotion Policy, 2016-2020’under the leadership of Chief Audu Ogbe, Minister of Agriculture and Rural development.
“The thinking is that, we want a zero reject of our agricultural produces in the international markets and this is been champion by the Federal ministry of agriculture and Rural Development.
We are going target markets and the value changes we are going to attend is to add value to our agricultural produces right the production stage to the process and storage levels and how the produces meet market at different levels.
“We have three development partners that are financing the project. We have the World Bank, French Development Agency and Africa Development Bank. They are the financiers of the project and they are giving us 50 to 60millions US dollar to sponsor each state and we are targeting about 500km of access road in each state,” Ubandoma stated.