The Kaduna State Government has released N3 billion to contractors as part payment for the urban renewal projects in Kafanchan.
Mr Thomas Gyang, the Commissioner of Planning and Budget Commission, made this known on Saturday in Kaduna while responding to questions from citizens during a virtual 2021 Draft Budget Town Hall Meeting, with the theme: “Budget of Recovery”.
He also said that the government had handed over the project sites to the contractors.
Mr Godwin Kumai, a champion of Community Development Charter, Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA), had complained that while urban renewal projects were ongoing in the Kaduna metropolis and Zaria, nothing seemed to be happening in Kafanchan.
Gyang explained that the sites for urban renewal project had been handed over to two contractors on Oct. 2, adding that advanced payment of N3 billion had also been made to the contractors.
He said that one of the major projects that would be executed was the construction of a dual carriageway from Railway Crossing to Unguwan Rimi, adding that the highway would be fitted with streetlights.
He added that all major roads in Kafanchan township would reconstructed.
“So, by Monday you will see contractors moving to sites to begin construction in earnest.
“I want to assure the people of Kafanchan and environs that Kafanchan township will soon be transformed beyond recognition.
“I am urging everyone to support the government to succeed in providing the needed infrastructure for development to thrive in every community,” he said.
Earlier, citizens from Chikun, Lere and Giwa LGAs had called on the state government to improve the security situation in the state so as to enable economic activities to thrive.
Mr Kuliyak Clement from Chikun LGA lamented that eight out of the 12 wards in Chikun LGA were facing serious security challenges.
He was that the security situation was “counterproductive” to the economic, educational, and agricultural development efforts in the area.