Ogun partners FG On $60m Rural Access Project


By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta. 
 Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has embraced the Federal Government’s Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) initiatives aimed at providing infrastructural facilities to enhance mobility and accessibility in rural areas across the country.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun made this known while receiving the National Project Coordinator of Rural Access and Mobility Project, Engr. Ularamu Ubandoma in his office in Abeokuta.
The Governor assured that his government was always ready for   genuine developmental initiatives particularly in the area of rural and infrastructural developments that would improve the living standards of the rural dwellers.
According to him, “this has always been a major part of our administration’s 5 cardinal programmes, and our plan is to improve Agro-Business and move the rural areas to urban standards”.
The National Project Coordinator of Rural Access and Mobility Project, Engr. Ularamu Ubandoma, disclosed that under the programme, the Federal government would construct 500km roads, worth $60m in the rural areas of the state.
Engr. Ubandoma revealed that Ogun State met the criteria for selection, part of which included the interest of the state government and technical modalities agreement, adding that access to market, affordability in food production, access to raw materials for industries and increase enrolment of students in schools were some of the benefits of the project.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State government is leaving no stone unturned in its desire to gainfully engage the youth and wants the German Agency for International Corporation (GIZ) to support its proposed Youth Summit which would soon be held.
The Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun was speaking as host to the Programme Manager of GIZ, Mr Torsten Schlink in his office, noting that GIZ was among the top organisations with the expertise and capability to support the state in deepening the value chains for development.
At the occasion, the Special Adviser on Trade and Investment, Mrs Abiola Costello, disclosed that GIZ was presently partnering the state on technical vocational training, adding that the organisation, to date, had investment worth 5million Euro in the state and was ready to spend another 6million Euro.
The new Programme Manager, Mr. Torsten Schlink noted that the state government’s policies were fully in line with the organization’s programme and expressed confidence that the government would turn the fortunes of the state around.


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