By Ohikwo Muhammad, Lokoja
Kogi State Government has approved the sum of N450million contribution to the World Bank assisted, Rural Access Mobility Project, RAMP to carryout specific rural projects as it approves construction of General hospitals in Gegu and Ajaokuta.
The approval was part of decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting held in Government House, Lokoja, the state capital.
Briefing Newsmen after the meeting, Kogi state Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr Daniel Ejigbo said the fund would go into financing key projects to be executed under the RAMP programme including construction of about 500kilometre feeder roads across the three Senatorial districts of the state.
According to him, this would create access to urban communities as well as aid transportation of agricultural produce to the market.
Also, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo said that approval was given for the construction of General hospitals at Gegu-Beki in Kogi Local Government Area and Ajaokuta respectively.
He explained that the health institutions were in fulfilment of the present administration’s commitment to developing health care infrastructures across the state.
As part of measures to ease traffic congestion and other inconveniences that the ongoing construction of the flyover at Ganaja junction may cause motorists, government, he noted, has directed the state Ministry of Works to open up alternative routes.
This, the Commissioner pointed out was in addition to the approval and award of contracts for the reconstruction of roads within Lokoja, the state capital with a view to providing facelift to the metropolis.