Tuesday 26th September, 2017
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World Bank to spend N21bn on 500km rural roads in Abia

World Bank to spend N21bn on 500km rural roads in Abia

The World Bank un­der its Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) is to spend N21 bil­lion on 500 kilometre rural roads in Abia State.

Besides rural road reha­bilitation, the World Bank has also released a whop­ping $75 million to the state to help it tackle erosion, flooding and build drainages through the New Map pro­gramme.

Gov Okezie Ikpeazu, who disclosed this at a RAMP Stakeholders Workshop yes­terday in Umuahia, said the roads would cut across rural communities in the state.

The governor, who was represented by the Com­missioner for Finance, Mr Obinna Oriaku, solicited the support of the stakeholders particularly traditional rul­ers and Town Union Execu­tives to ensure the success of the project.

He warned against un­necessary interruptions and demands for compensations or “marching ground” (de­velopment fees) by locals, saying that government will not tolerate any action that would stall the project.

“There should be no de­mand from the World Bank assisted project, like march­ing ground or compensa­tion”, Ikpeazu warned.

The governor further charged the traditional rul­ers to prevail on youths in their respective communi­ties not to constitute them­selves into a stumbling block to the development of their areas.

Ikpeazu said that the proj­ect would help to open up rural roads in the state and correct the allegation that his administration is only con­centrating on urban roads.

According to him, the RAMP project will comple­ment the efforts of the state government towards mas­sive rural road rehabilitation across the state.