The Kaduna State Government has released N3 billion to contractors as part payment for urban renewal projects in Kafanchan.
Sited in the southern part of the state, Kafanchan is the location of a junction station of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, and it sits on the line connecting Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kuru, Bauchi, and Maiduguri.
Commissioner, Planning and Budget Commission, Mr Thomas Gyang, made the disclosure while responding to questions from citizens during a virtual 2021 Draft Budget Townhall Meeting, with the theme: “Budget of Recovery”.
Gyang explained that the government had handed over the sites for projects to the contractors.
Mr Godwin Kumai, a champion of Community Development Charter, Jema’a LGA, had complained that while urban renewal projects were ongoing in Kaduna metropolis and Zaria, nothing seemed to be happening in Kafanchan.
But Gyang explained that the sites for urban renewal project have been handed over to two contractors on Oct. 2, adding that advanced payment of N3 billion have been released to the contractors.
He explained that among the major projects that would be carried out was the construction of a dual carriageway from Railway Crossing to Unguwan Rimi and would be fitted with streetlights.
Gyang added that all major roads in Kafanchan township would be 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.”
Kafanchan developed as a result of British colonial commercial activities, being a railway junction town in the early 20th century.