By Aminu Dalhatu
Kaduna State Revitalization and Reintegration Infrastructure Project KARRIP, an international donor funded project is to spend one hundred million dollars for the infrastructural upgrade and social facelift of poor communities in Kaduna metropolis.
The Project Director, Professor Racheal Okoeguale, announced this while inaugurating the KARRIP Project office in Kaduna.
Professor Okoeguale explained that, the Project will run in two phases in three years each.
According to her, the project is predominantly about economic empowerment, improving access to health, education, social infrastructure among others which would be supporting the seven-points agenda of Governor Uba Sani.
“KARRIP is based predominantly in what people call slums in the urban settlement. It is a total upgrade of the social infrastructure along with the education and health parameters for those settlements.
According to her, they would commence the Project in Malali, Danbushiya, Keke and other places.
“A lot of our works will be about roads, schools, new clinics, new hospitals and we will be rebuilding homes as well”
Professor Racheal Okoeguale pointed out that, Kaduna State Revitalization and Reintegration Infrastructure Project
KARRIP is a heavily donor funded project, stressing that, the first phase of the Project would cost a 100 million dollars.
“We are still open to partnership with the donor community, not only the social development partners, but even corporate organizations to support the work”
Also speaking, KARRIP Project Coordinator in Kaduna State, Mr Sani Abbas explained that, the project was designed to bridge development gap between the rich and urban poor as well as to raise the living standard of the Kaduna residents to best standards in the next three years.
Mr Sani stressed that, It has been discovered that, no matter the amount of roads, infrastructures and social amenities provided in the Government Reserved Areas GRAs, the poor residing in the urban centers are still perform below the international good living standard.
“So, when you revitalize the urban slums and reintegrate it, you will see that, in the next three years, we can come out and say that, 70, 80 or 90 percent of people in Kaduna are living above the international good living standard.
The project coordinator also revealed that, the would focus on the four metropolitan local governments of Kaduna, which are Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Chikun and parts Igabi local governments.
“In Kaduna North, we have Malali Badarawa, Kwaru, Ungwan Shanu and other places. In Chikun, we have Romi, Danbushiya, Keke and others. In Kaduna South, we have Kakuri and in Igabi, we have Mando and some parts of Kawo”
“The Project is in two phases. The phase 1 is three years and phase 2 is also three years. So, we are expected to achieve this first phase before the end of 2027,” he said.