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Published On: Tue, Jul 3rd, 2018

Niger Govt. flags off 403km rural roads construction

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From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

The Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has flagged off 403km rural roads construction and rehabilitation projects at the cost of $60m World Bank assisted programme under Rural Access and Mobility Project RAMP in partnership with Niger State Government..
Bello disclosed this yesterday at the formal flag off of the second phase of the rural roads project at Kompanin Bobi in Mariga local government area of the state.
He expressed the determination of his administration to continue to seek for partnership and collaborations with reputable development and donor agencies to ensure accelerated development of critical sectors of the state.
The governor gave the assurance that all bottlenecks that will hinder the timely implementation of the rural projects will be removed,
stressing that “we will also continue to pay all our counterpart contributions to development partners for all projects in the critical areas in the state”.
He pointed out that his administration remain resolute and committed to infrastructural development of the rural communities, adding, “we are confident that this will improve the socio-economic status of the people”.
According to him, the Rural Access and Mobility Project is a program jointly funded by the state government and the world bank which core value is to promote rapid economic growth by providing all year round access to basic services and facilities in the state for the rural people in the state to enhance the agricultural value chain.
The World Bank has earmarked $60m for the construction of 579 kilometers of rural roads under the Rural Access Mobility Project (RAMP) across the 25 local government areas of Niger state before the end of 2019.
The National coordinator of RAMP, Eng. Ubandoma Ularamu said that already 176 kilometers have been constructed in addition to 30 river crossing during the first phase of the project.
He said 119 kilometers of rural roads have been selected for spot improvement to create access to the communities where river crossing were constructed.
According to the National coordinator, the world bank Rural Access Mobility Project (RAMP) which was stated in the state in 2014, is aimed at improving transport condition, expand and sustain access by the rural population through rehabilitating and maintaining key rural transport infrastructure in a sustainable manner.
Meanwhile, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alh. Nuhu Duku said that the state government keyed into the RAMP project in order “to turn the fortunes of rural dwellers around”.
Court remands girl, mother in prison for allegedly killing father A teenage girl and her mother have been remanded in prison custody for allegedly hacking her father to death over his refusal to consent to her marriage plans.
Justice Idris Kutigi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo on Monday ordered the girl and her mother, Asabe, remanded in Suleja Prisons after they pleaded not guilty to charges bordering on conspiracy and culpable homicide.
Mr Kutigi, then, adjourned the case until September 19 for hearing.
The police prosecutor, Fidelis Ogbobe, told the court that the alleged offences were committed on March 10.
He said that the accused, both firewood sellers of Karavan Village Bwari, Abuja, allegedly hacked Kusha Kure to death at their home in Karavan.
According to him, the teenager carried out the act because the deceased was not in support of her marital plans with her 24-year-old boyfriend. The offences, he said, contravened Section 97 and 221 of the Penal Code.
Culpable Homicide is punishable with death under 221 of the Penal Code.

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