The Niger State Government, in conjunction with the Rural Access and Mobility Project, is to spend N6.6bn on the rehabilitation of 230 kilometres of six rural roads in the state.
The rehabilitation is expected to be under the RAMP 1 and 2 programmes, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Governor Abubakar Bello disclosed this during the commencement of the projects in Izom, Gurara Local Government Area of the state.
Bello, who was represented by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Haliru Jikantoro, explained that the first phase of the project covered a distance of 176km, with 30 river crossings.
He said the second phase covered a total distance of 403.5km and was at various stages of completion.
He added that the roads were in addition to the 169km of rural roads rehabilitated under the Spot Improvement and Annual Mechanised Maintenance Intervention.
Bello said the project was part of the World Bank and the French Development Agency’s co-financed initiative to improve transport conditions.
It is also to bring sustained access to the rural populace through rehabilitation and maintenance of key rural transport infrastructure.
The governor stated, “The traffic on the roads became unprecedented beyond what the earthen roads can withstand, this has prompted the state government to engage surface dressing of these roads to increase their durability.
“We have to do this to ensure that the huge investment in constructing the earthen roads does not go down the drain.
“All the six roads earmarked for this purpose have the potential for high volume of traffic and are spread across the three geo-political zones of the state.”
The governor listed the roads to include the Suleja-Abuchi-Izom; Wuya Suman-Lemu; Old Gawu-Farindoki; Kampanin Bobi-Bangi; Kutigi-Tashan Hajiya and Wuya Kanti-Etsu Tasha.
He reiterated government’s commitment to the infrastructure development of rural communities to support farmers, boost agricultural production and increase yield per hectare.