Kebbi state collaborates with World Bank on modern markets, roads

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The Kebbi State Government in collaboration with World Bank will expend 43 million dollars to build six modern markets and construction of rural roads across the state.

Alhaji Abdullahi Maigari, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, disclosed this to Newsmen in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the construction work is under the Kebbi State Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (Kebbi RAMP) six years project.

Maigari said the modern markets, to be erected in different parts of the state, would consist of shops, storage facilities, warehouses, and toilets among others.

He said the markets would be sited in Gunki in Argungu Local Government, Bunza in Bunza LG, Zuru in Zuru LG, Yauri in Yauri LG, Samanaji in Koko-Bese LG and Dodoru in Gwandu LG.

The commissioner said: “This is to inform our people that the implementation of Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Programme (RAMP) has now come to full swing in Kebbi State.

“This is achieved in the state largely due to the commitment and doggedness of His Excellency, the Governor of Kebbi State, Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.”

According to him, the state government had fulfilled all conditions for the implementation of the programme in Kebbi.

“To this effect, the rehabilitation and improvement of 225 kilometers of rural roads distributed across the state will be done as first phase and within two years of commencement of this programme.

“This will be from the 450 kilometers of rural roads already earmarked,” he noted.

Maigari added that there would also be other road construction work in the state consisting of routine maintenance of about 700 kilometers cutting across all the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.

The commissioner assured that dilapidated roads would also be repaired, regraded, filled with quality laterite materials, and construction of culverts and river crossing drainage structure.

“This work will cover reconstruction and construction of new culverts for connectivity to farmlands and markets, rehabilitation of 200 kilometers of some selected roads across the state, and upgrade of 125 kilometers of road from laterite road to asphalt road,” he said.