Kaduna State governor, Nasiru El-Rufai has performed the ground breaking ceremony for about six hundred housing units and a World class shopping mall in the State.
While laying the blocks in Kaduna millennium city, he said the investment is a public private partnership with the Kaduna State Investment Promotion Agency, KADIPA.
He explained that all the APC governors are trying to reduce deficit, hence the need for the low and medium housing projects.
“This commercial projects are public private partnership, saying government tries to make the houses cheap by providing free land to the developers because they don’t pay premium’’, he stressed.
El-Rufai further disclosed that government provides infrastructure at their cost, adding that permanent water and power connection, as well as a police post will all be provided for the benefit of the masses.
“I want to appeal to the communities to cooperate with the developers because every development creates job for people residing here’’, he stated.
The governor assured the developers of government’s effort to protect their interest by deploying security agencies to the communities.
“We hope within the next one year, we will return to commission these projects, even though we have been assured that the shopping mall would be completed by June”.
Earlier in her speech, the Executive Secretary, KADIPA, Umma Aboki said, government is confident on the developers to build over three thousand houses in the next five years.
“In a similar vein, we are vigorously working with developers of market and neighbourhood centres to improve the shopping experience of Kaduna residents in ensuring that all our markets are properly planned with ample access and exit points”.
“At KADIPA, we are committed to providing first class service and an enabling environment to support serious investors in his and many other priority sectors’’, she emphasised.
According to her, ” we are committed to ensuring that the time taken to start businesses are reduced to the barest minimum through stream lining of all processes and removing bottle necks at all levels”.
The ground breaking ceremony was performed at four locations with different partners who are expected to invest in separate projects.
The investors include, AMMSALCO INDUSTRIES LTD to build neighbourhood centre and hotels, NURUS SIRAJ NIG LTD would build 500 houses, UMMHI NIG LTD to also build a 100 housing unit and JIFATU NIG LTD is to build a World class shopping mall.