In his efforts to address the security challenges, particularly that of security operatives, Kaduna State Government is constructing a mobile police barracks at Dogarawa in Sabon Gari Local Government area of the state at the cost of N1.2 billion.
The State Commissioner of Works and Transport, Engr. Suleiman Yahaya Richifa, disclosed this at the ongoing ministerial press briefing in Kaduna.
According to him, the siting of the project was “because of the passion and the concern Governor Yakowa has for the people of Kaduna State to live in peace, and to provide a conducive environment for those saddled with such responsibility.”
The project he said consists of provision of access and internal road networks; 70 staff quarters, administrative block and the armoury, water and electrical distribution networks, as well as construction of wall fence round the barracks.
Engineer Richifa further disclosed that, on going road projects in addition to the new roads, Kaduna State is constructing a total of 684 kilometres lengths of roads which will cost the state government about 15 billion Naira.
He said the state government has embarked on the construction of the 4th bridge and its road approaches (about 10km) from the NNPC Junction to Gobarau Road, in order to ease the heavy traffic congestion being experienced by commuters especially, along Sabon tasha and Ahmadu Bello Way.
He said, the project consists of the bridge which is 98 percent complete, being constructed at a cost of 1.6 billion naira, while the approach roads is costing 4.4 billion naira. The total project which cost 6 billion naira is expected to be completed and commissioned by December this year, he assured.
In order to have a sustainable road maintenance programme, the Kaduna Public Works Agency (KAPWA) was set up to provide such services adding that the state government has given approval for the purchase of heavy equipment to the tune of 187.5 million naira while another 143 million was also given to the agency to carry out its road maintenance programme.
On transportation, he said the government has acquired 50 new buses consisting of 15 luxury buses and 35 mini buses which are due to be launched on the 29th of this month so as to ease the pains of the citizens.
He said that the state government is collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Works through the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to build world class tanker parts. Towards this end, the state government has financed the evacuation of the huge refuse dump at Taffa on Kaduna - Abuja road and Katabu on Kaduna- Jos road.
The state has also set up the Kaduna State Rural Access and Mobility Project (KADRAMP) whose main objective is to improve access for rural communities in a sustainable manner, he said.
The Commissioner added that so far, under the KADRAMP, Kaduna State government has awarded contracts for the construction of 144 river crossings to link several communities in more than 10 local government areas of the state at the cost of 1.4 billion naira, and was at 90 per cent completion. Also, the construction of about 464 kilometres of 38 rural feeder roads at the cost of more than seven billion naira was awarded.