The World Bank has announced the admission of Ogun State into the development partners – sponsored Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) which is to run for the next five years.
The RAAMP is a window of opportunity opened by the World Bank, Africa Development Bank, the French Development Agency and the Federal Government to ensure prosperous lives for farmers and people in the hinterland through access and value addition to farm produce.
Speaking at the pre-appraisal mission trip to the state, in Abeokuta, the state capital, the Task Team Leader of the World Bank, Engineer Olatunji Ahmed, said the preparation of the state has put her in good stead for eventual take-off.
“The World Bank aligns with the vision of this government, it is not difficult for us to do business with a government that is purpose and passion-driven as this. The pace and intensity of infrastructure being done presupposes that the State Project Unit (SPIU) it will get it right in RAAMP,” Ahmed stated.
The World Ban Team Leader rued the loss of farm produce to bad road on one hand and the single-product economy of the country, saying ‘’ 25 percent of farm produce rot away on the farm because of inaccessibility”
Earlier in his welcome remark, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Rev. Gbele Olugbebi, said government has committed great deal of logistics including money to ensure the successful take–off of RAAMP.
The permanent secretary who doubles as the Chairman of the State Project Monitoring Committee (SPMC), said the donor-sponsored rural roads and markets would further complement on-going efforts of government in rehabilitating and constructing rural roads.
The Project Coordinator, Engineer Samuel Onabanjo commended the state government for her timely activation of the counterpart funding mechanism, just as he described the World Bank initiative as noble and novel in the developmental loop.