Acting chairman, Asembly committee on works, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso,

 By Ibrahim Akawu

Niger state House of Assembly committee on works and infrastructural development has expressed delight over some road projects executed by Rural Access and Mobility Projects, RAMP.

The committee members, who undertook oversight visits from Lemu to Suman in Gbako local government, Wuya-Kanti to Etsu Tasha in Edati and Kutigi Dasun to Tashan Hajiya in Lavun local government areas of the state, assessed the six billion naira surface dressing the state government had embarked on RAMP’s 235 kilometre rural access roads.

The RAMP coordinator, Engr Hassan Baba Etsu while explaining the work components of the projects, said six rural road projects had been earmarked for surface dressing by the state government at the sum of N6b and the 37km Lemu-Suman and Wuya Kanti to Etsu Tasha had been completed.

He said another 11km Wuya Kanti to Etsu Tasha had been completed and ready for use. He said other roads earmarked for surface dressing were at different stages of completion. 

While soliciting for the cooperation of the legislature over the establishment of maintenance agency for the rural roads, the RAMP coordinator disclosed that unless measures were taken to restraint heavy duty vehicles from plying the roads, the new rural roads may suffer the fate of other roads.

He said the projects were been financed through private contract financing agreement with TEC engineering as sole contractors. 

The acting chairman of the Assembly committee on works, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso, who led other members of the committee to the oversight tour, was delighted with the idea of surface dressing  of the RAMP roads but was emphatic that the cost arrangements must be transparent and in conformity with due process.

He said his committee would look into the N6b contract financing agreement entered by the state government vis-a-vis the value of the work involved to ensure that the state was not shortchanged.

He however commended RAMP and the state government over the initiative to surface dress the earth work saying it will provide long lasting benefit to the rural dwellers and improve their economic well-being.

The Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of TEC Engineering, Mr Xi Wei said funds and security were the major challenges the project is confronting. He said however that despite the challenges, work was still ongoing.