Enugu Govt. Approves Over N400m Counterpart Fund For Rural Projects



The administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has approved the release of the sum of N400, 238,237 .00 as its counterpart fund payment to the state’s Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP II) to enable the project continue effectively in the state.

The project is under the joint sponsorship of the World Bank and French Development Agency in collaboration with the Federal and Enugu State Governments, established to improve the ease of transportation and bring sustained access to the rural population through rehabilitation and maintenance of key rural roads in selected states in the country.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting of the State Executive Council (EXCO), the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, stated that Enugu State has taken its pride of place as one of the states where RAMP programme is being implemented effectively.

Engr. Nnaji disclosed that nine rural roads totaling 115.36km are being executed in the first phase of the Enugu RAMP II, adding that “the project is equally preparing the procurement activities associated with selection, design, supervision and construction of the second phase of roads totaling about 400km”.

He noted that the above was in addition to the commencement of the procurement activities for the selection and maintenance of 49.8km of rural roads under the Community Based Road Maintenance and Annual Mechanized Maintenance.

The nine RAMP roads include Abor road; Egede-Awhum road; St. Mary Ngwo-Nsude road; Ugwuoba-Nkwere Inyi-Inyi road; UNTH-Enugu Agu-Ndiagu-Umuaniagu-Obe-Amurri road.

Others are Neke-Mbu-Ogbodo Aba-Obollo Etiti road; Ukpabi-Nimbo-Ugbene Ajima-Eziani road; Ikwoka-Amagu-Ajuona-Akabusiyi Obimo road and Adani-Asaba-Igga-Ojjor road.

Speaking further, the Works Commissioner explained that Enugu RAMP II has an approved budget of N7.6 billion from the World Bank for its 2018 activities. He stated that the Enugu State government’s estimated counterpart fund to the project based on the World Bank budget was N417,730,000.00. He also explained that the amount came down to N400,238,237.00 “because the state government had within 2017 released to the project part payment of the arrears of its 2010 -2017 incentives as well as the money for payment of compensations for the first phase of roads”.

Equally approved by the Council was the hosting of Coal City Marathon scheduled to take place in Enugu in November this year. The State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Joseph Udedi told journalists that the race is an international event that will attract participants from the thirty-six states of the federation including some African countries.

He listed the inherent benefits of the sporting event, which will kick-off from Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, through major streets of Enugu metropolis back to the stadium, to include making Enugu State the centre of “Sports tourism in Nigeria and Africa; creating a good relationship and social economic development; showcasing the
state’s good image; enhancing the health and fitness of the participants and general growth of the athletes, among others”.

He said that 3000 participants are expected in the race, adding the registration is free and will commence soon online.

Stressing the readiness of the state government in making the event a huge success, Mr. Udedi called on residents of the state and beyond to take advantage of the forthcoming event to promote the image of the state and its potentials for all around economic growth.

In his submission, Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe recalled with delight the encomiums poured on Gov. Ugwuanyi and the Chairman of Internal Revenue Service, Prince Emeka Odo, by the Joint Tax Board (JTB) on the state’s impressive IGR performance, during its recent meeting in Enugu.

Mr. Anikwe further disclosed that Enugu State recorded N12.96 billion IGR in its half-year assessment report, which was N120 million higher than what was generated in the corres

Source:- Thepunditng

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