Lagos - Kano State Government disclosed about N45 billion had been spent in the construction of the three new mega cities in the state.
Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso hailed the project saying it was in line with the administration’s commitment to address the congestion in the capital city.
Former Head of Nigerian Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan on Monday commissioned Bandirawo City, one the three projects that is a brainchild of the state government.
The city, built on 191 hectares, alongside the two other cities, namely Kwankwasiyya and Amana, was conceptualized by the Kwankwaso-led administration as part of efforts to address the housing deficit in the state and the country at large.
“All the three cities were constructed at the combined cost of about N45 billion, with the aim of not only decongesting the old Kano city but also to providing better shelter for our citizens in line with global best practices,” Kwankwaso said.
His sentiments came on the back of Nigeria’s housing
deficit is about N17 million, as a result of a high urban growth rate,
according to a recent World Bank report.
Kwankwaso said the state government through the state Housing Corporation in conjunction with the state Investment and Property Company constructed all the new cities without any local or foreign loans.
He stated that the houses would be sold to all Nigerians without discrimination and appealed to investors to complement government’s efforts by making meaningful investments in the real estate sector of the state.
Shonekan commended the Kano administration for initiating the project.
“When financial resources are scarce, governments must make sure that all commissioned projects are used carefully. If commissioned projects are well used, government will be encouraged to do more for the people”, he stated, adding that it is also imperative for governments to work with the private sector in the area of infrastructure projects,” he said.
- CAJ News