Kwara state in Nigeria begins construction of 700km roads

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Kwara state government in Nigeria has commenced the construction of 700km of roads at the cost of US $60m. The roads are part of the World Bank’s assisted projects in the state under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Projects (RAAMP) intervention.

According to Kwara State Governor, Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the state government is planning to upgrade 125km of road to asphalt or sealed materials, carry out spot improvement on 450km of road and routine maintenance on 700km of road. “The government will also carry out backlog maintenance on 200km of road, five river crossings will be fixed while some existing markets will be upgraded to hubs,” said the governor while flagging off the construction of the roads.

He also flagged off the construction of the Alapa-Arobadi pilot road in Asa Local Government Area, which is a 5.2km road and said that all of these roads construction in Nigeria are to be done in partnership with the World Bank and other international donor agencies. He further added that the projects will be spread across the 16 local government areas of the state in phases.

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RAAMP intervention projects

According to AbdulRazaq his administration has so far contributed over US $1m as its counterpart funding commitment to make the RAAMP intervention projects possible. “I commend the World Bank and the international donor agencies for their support. I also thank the Ministry of Works and Transport, the State Project Monitoring Committee (SPMC) and the State Project Implementation Unit (SPIU), among others, for their hard work and commitment,” he said.

The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Salihu Yakubu-Danladi, described the initiative as a laudable project that would open up the rural areas and improve socioeconomic activities in the hinterlands. “I want to appeal to the national coordinator of the RAAMP to continue to give maximum support to His Excellency, Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, in opening up our rural roads. As the legislative arm, we are promising our continued support to the government in this regard,” he added.