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LG spends N60m to open up village in Kaduna State

09 September 2013, 18:06

Kaduna - The Kaura Local Government in Kaduna State says it is constructing a N60 million bridge across River Zangang, to link the village with the outside world.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Zangang is a hilly village on the border between Plateau and Kaduna states.

The council Chairman, Kumai Badu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaura on Monday that the bridge, one of the SURE-P projects in the area, became a priority because the inhabitants were usually holed up inside the village during the rainy seasons.

"With constant attacks on the village, soldiers deployed to rescue the villagers have always been helpless as their vehicles cannot cross over the river to help the villagers when they are under siege,’’ he said.

He said that the area had not been able to get even basic social amenities because it had remained difficult for providers of any facility to reach them.

"We have even purchased poles to provide electricity to the people, but the poles have remained across the river because no one can cross with them to the other side,’’ he said.

Badu said that the bridge would be completed this month, and expressed happiness that the Zangang inhabitants would soon ``taste some development and modernism’’.

The chairman said that the local government was also electrifying eight of its 10 wards, adding that the aim was to encourage more cottage industries to explore abundant resources there.

He said that government was also constructing box culverts to link settlements and minimise damage on roads during the rainy season.

"What we have tried to do is to ensure that each ward gets at least one project so that development and growth will go round,’’ he said.

Badu expressed regret that the local government’s funds had continued to dwindle, and explained that measures were in place to collect more revenues from the major markets at Manchok and Kagoro towns.

"We are expanding all the markets and getting more permanent stalls.

"We have also discovered that many revenue staff are not committed to revenue collection or even remitting the little collected to the local government.

"We have embarked on more tight inspections to weed out people not useful to the system,’’ he said.

The chairman decried the insecurity that had affected the area, and declared that he did not expect the situation when he campaigned for the seat in 2012.

"I thought I was going to lead the usual peace and quiet Kaura local government, but I have found something totally different.’’

He prayed for more stability to enable the people to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

Badu thanked the Kaduna State Government for its support to the area in its time of need, "especially for listening to our distress calls and also supporting the internally-displaced persons with relief materials’’. 



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