- BY AYODELE ABERE in Ado-Ekiti•
The World Bank has disclosed that Ekiti State would soon join the list of states on the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP).
Giving the hints in Ado Ekiti when the World Bank team and the National office of RAAMP paid a visit to Ekiti RAAMP office, the World Bank Task Team Leader, Fahard Ahmed explained that with the level of preparedness of Ekiti State coupled with the robust relationship that exists between the World Bank and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the state is in a good position to join the project by January 2020.
Ahmed and his team were particularly impressed with the magnificent settings of the Ekiti RAAMP office and the readiness of its staff to hit the ground running once the project agreement and all other modalities are completed between the World Bank and the state.
While welcoming the team to Ekiti State, the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi represented by the Senior Special Adviser on Roads, Transport and Infrastructure and the State Project Coordinator of RAAMP, Mr. Sunday Adunmo said the World Bank initiative when it begins would connect Ekiti rural communities to the urban centres and market places across the state.
According to him, it would also provide easy transportation of farm produce to the various markets in the state.
“The initiative will also enable us to provide basic amenities at some abandoned farm settlements thereby encouraging our farmers in those areas to focus on their agricultural activities and better their living conditions,” Mr. Adunmo said.
On the World Bank team are Ahmed, World Bank RAAMP Task Team Leader (TTL); Mr. Shailendra Jha, ILO Representative, Aminu Mohammed, Representing the RAAMP National Coordinator and Mariam Chinda, National Project Secretary.