In a bid to fulfil all the criteria set by the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP), the Executive Governor of Taraba state, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has “approved the appointment of a reputable consultant, Thamar Engineering Ltd to facilitate for the state selection”.
According to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Rural Development, Prince Ayuba A.Z Dampar, the Executive Governor “signed a letter of financial commitment on behalf of the state government which clearly shows that there is hope for this administration to rescue its citizens through RAMP”.
He further stated that Taraba state was unable to access the first phase of the loan facility of the World Bank and its sister donor agencies but the RAMP II is another opening for the state to benefit from the ongoing project.
The World Bank development objective of the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) for Nigeria is to support the improvement of rural access mobility by providing improved all-weather access road network in selected prioritized rural development areas and reduce poverty in rural communities among others.
The idea of RAMP was conceived in 2003 by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development but was not achieved until 2005. The Taraba state government indicated interest to participate in the programme and so much effort was exerted by the government of both Rev. Jolly T. Nyame and Pharm. Danbaba D. Suntai to enable the state benefit from the project.
However, the state could not access the loan facility due to non-fulfilment of the RAMP criteria even though the state was selected among 6 other states in 2008.