THE RURAL ACCESS AND MOBILITY PROJECT (RAMP)
The World Bank Development objective of the Rural Access and mobility Project (RAMP) for Nigeria is to support the improvement of Rural Access and Mobility by:
- Providing improved all seasons access Rural Roads Network of a benefiting State.
- Supporting the Institutional reforms in the transport sector of the economy to improve Management of the Statewide road network.
- Reducing poverty among Rural Communities.
- Enhancing revenue generation.
- Providing dividends of democracy.
HEAD OF THE AGENCY
The State Implementation Unit (SPIU) is headed by a Coordinator who is answerable to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Rural Development.
HOW IT STARTED
The idea of RAMP/RTT was conceived in 2003 by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development but it could not come into limelight until 2005. It was the same 2005 that the Taraba State Government indicated her interest to participate in the programme.
In fact, much efforts were exalted by the then Government of Rev. Jolly .T. Nyame, and that of Pharm. Danbaba D. Suntai in seeing that the State benefitted from the programmed but it was not possible to access the loan facility of the donor agencies, due to non-fulfilment of the RAMP Criteria even though the State was selected among other six (6) State in 2008.
On the 9th January 2009, The State Ministry of Rural Deployment Executives headed by the Honourable Commissioner were in the RAMP headquarters Abuja for a meeting with the National Coordinator of RAMP.
After the meeting, another letter was given by the RAMP headquarters indicating that one of the development parties, the African Development Bank (AfDB) was interested to co-sponsor the project because it was targeted towards alleviating the suffering of people living in the Rural Areas.
THE WAY FORWARD
The Taraba State was unable to access the first phase of the loan facility of the World Bank and its sister Donor Agencies But yet there is still another opening for the State to benefit from the RAMP II which is ongoing. The State Ministry executives are currently attending a stakeholder’s workshop in Abuja.
And efforts are on top gear to fulfilling all the criteria set by the RAMP for qualification as the State Executive Governor Arc. Darius Ishaku Dickson approved the appointment of a reputable consultant, “Thamar Engr. Ltd” to facilitate for the State Selection and he also signed a letter of financial commitment on behalf of the State Government, which clearly shows that there is hope for this administration to rescue it citizen through RAMP.