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Ayade Pledges Continuous Support For RAAMP


January 12, (THEWILL) – The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, has pledged to keep supporting the vision behind the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project in Nigeria.

Ayade made the pledge in Calabar while declaring open the 2023 Training and Annual Retreat organised for staff of the RAAMP across the twenty 20 participating states in Nigeria.

The Governor spoke through the Commissioner, Ministry of International Donor Cooperation (MIDC), Dr. Inyang Asibong.

In his words: “RAAMP is a multi-dimensional project of several benefits poised to uplift humanity and positively change the lives, especially of the rural dwellers,” he said.

Consequent upon the import of the project, Ayade promised to keep supporting the laudable vision of RAAMP in its aim to make life more meaningful for rural dwellers across the country.

National Project Coordinator of RAAMP, Engr. Aminu Bodinga Mohammed, in his address, called on participants to utilise the opportunity of being part of the project to make meaningful impacts that will stand the test of time.

‘’This is one project that will make you contribute to the enhancement of mankind. It is in the development of rural infrastructure like this that your impact as SPIU and government can be felt the most.

“We hope to do much more to reach the hinterland and banish poverty to the barest minimum amongst the rural peoples,’’ the National Coordinator stressed.

Mohammed added that the twenty-state structure of the project from the initial two, would sooner or later, enlarge to thirty-seven, including the FCT.

He also lauded the exceptional performance of the Cross-Rivers State Government and the Niger State Government for adding to the RAAMP mandate by choosing to asphalt the earthen rural roads.

The RAAMP National Project Coordinator urged participants to pay maximum attention to all presentations that would be made by different consultants in the course of the training as such, according to him, will go a long way in helping them to carry out their assignments optimally with efficiency.

The twenty RAAMP participating states invited for the training include, Kwara, Abia, Sokoto, Ogun, Kano, Kebbi, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Kogi, Plateau, Imo, Kaduna, Osun, Niger, Ondo, Ekiti, Katsina, Gombe, Benue, and Oyo.

In his remark, the Task Team Leader (TTL), Engr. Tunji Ahmed, called on the Project Coordinators to display leadership at the SPIU level by taking charge completely.

He said this will provide direction on how to achieve productive results at the end of the project.

Engr. Tunji admonished all officers of the State Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) to work as a team for the benefit of their respective states and the country at large.