By Isiyaka Ismail Wunti
Bauchi Bauchi State Government has inaugurated over two billion naira Rural Road Construction Project connecting the State capital to other communities in Bauchi Local Government Area.
The nineteen kilometers project is to be implemented in collaboration with development Partners under Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project RAAM a World Bank Intervention Programme.
Inaugurating the projects at Liman Katagum Governor Bala Mohammed said when completed the projects would open up agrarian communities of Liman Katagum, Luda, Lekka and Gudum.
Towns and villages to be part of the beneficiaries according to the Governor are Unguwar Malam, Yola, Hammadada,Yard Borno, Unguwar Baraya and Falla.
To facilitate successful take off and timely completion, Governor Bala Mohammed said the State Government has paid the counterpart fund of one point nine billion naira which would also cover similar projects in other parts of the state.
Bala Mohammed stressed that the decision to key into the intervention programme was to address infrastructural gap in the rural areas, enhance food production and provide access to markets and basic amenities.
He therefore warned the contractors to adhere to the project specification adding the state project office would embark on monitoring and evaluation to ensure quality work is delivered.
The National Project Coordinator Engr. Aminu Muhammad Bodinga said Bauchi is taking the lead among the nineteen benefiting states by fulfilling all the requirements to secure the intervention in good time.
In his address, the state commissioner Ministry of Special Duties and Rural Development Faruq Mustapha said under the RAAM Project, over one thousand kilometers road would be constructed across the state in an effort to reduce the number of rural roads that are in deplorable condition.
The project is to be completed in eighteen months time.