FG to expand RAAMP to 36 states

Christian Njoku

The Federal Government says it plans to expand the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) to the 36 states of the federation.

Mr Aminu Mohammed, National Project Coordinator of RAAMP, disclosed this during the agency’s annual retreat and training of staff in Calabar which took place from Jan. 11 to 13.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the aim of RAAMP is to provide access roads in rural areas to boost agricultural marketing.

Mohammed said RAAMP was poised at making a remarkable impact across the country, hence the need to extend the project to all states.

He expressed delight over the increase in the number of participating states to 20, noting that the successes recorded from the project’s commencement in 2008 in Cross River and Kaduna paved the way for its growth.

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He urged participating states to be more active in implementing the project.

“Some of the state project coordinators are doing very well; all hands must be on deck to achieve the goals of the project because there will be more funding if we are able to do the job well.

“We are looking at making the project multi-phased and also introducing technology in its implementation because we believe that we will achieve more using technology,” he said.

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