The World Bank, through the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP-2) says it has completed the construction of 330km of 385,419km of rural roads in Enugu state.
The National Coordinator of RAMP, Engr. Ubandoma Ularamu, unveiled it during a stakeholder workshop for the dissemination and adoption of Low Volume Road Manuals (LVRM), held at Nike Lake Resort Hotel, Enugu.
Engr, Ularamu urged the Enugu state government to establish a rural road maintenance fund, RRF, to ensure that the roads built by RAMP in rural areas are properly maintained.
Engr, Ularamu, said that the LVRM would be used as a guide for engineers and other stakeholders in the design and maintenance of roads in Enugu state and Nigeria in general.
He said that the maintenance of the rural highway already built would encourage the state to participate in the next phase of the World Bank project, Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project, RAAMP.
The national coordinator praised the Enugu state government for its immeasurable support for rural development; adding that “rural access roads continue to be the key to the economic development of the country.”
“Indeed, I am happy to be a part of this historic event, the workshop to promote the dissemination and adoption of low volume road manuals in the state of Enugu. This indicates the commitment of the State of Enugu to ensure social well-being and economic prosperity for the people of the State of Enugu and Nigeria in general.
“We advise that the Enugu state effort address the institutionalization of rural road maintenance by creating a rural road fund that allows the state to guarantee the sustainability of its rural roads. This will encourage the state to participate in the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project, RAAMP, ”he said.
By declaring the workshop open, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi reiterated his administration’s determination to bring rapid development to rural areas of the state.
Ugwuanyi, who was represented by the Secretary of the State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, noted that his administration’s policy had helped open up rural communities through improved road infrastructure that led to a boost in agricultural activities and economic.
“This administration is ready to enter the next phase of the RAMP, which is the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), in order to sustain rural development in the state,” he said.
Earlier in a welcoming speech, the State Project Coordinator, Enugu RAMP-2, Engr. Chinedu Ugwu stated that the unprecedented support from the government, Ugwuanyi fueled the myriad of RAMP-2 achievements so far.
He called on stakeholders to adopt LVRM and use it in the rehabilitation and maintenance of rural roads in Enugu state.