Work on the 6.62 million Naira (GBP4. million) Kaduna Race-Course Pavilion to accommodate about 8,000?
SV Delegates leaving plane
MV Delegates walk across tarmac
CU Sign "KADUNA LANGUAGE CENTRE"
SV Delegates walking to site
MV partly completed buildings (2 shots)
MV Commander O.P. FINGESI escorting delegates round site
CU & MV Delegates looking at bldgs (2 shots)
MV partly finished building
MCU delegates walking past
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Background: Work on the 6.62 million Naira (GBP4. million) Kaduna Race-Course Pavilion to accommodate about 8,000 people is nearing completion. The construction work started in April this year with a labour force of 400 was to have been completed by last October.
The Pavillion is part of the preparation of the now postponed Second World Black and African Festival of Art which was scheduled to be held in Nigeria from last month (November) which would include a grand durbar of which about 17,000 horsemen are expected to take part in Kaduna for one week.
When completed the Race-Course would be one of the finest" and biggest" race-courses in Africa. There would be three-stands-a State Pavillion capable of seating 2,000 VIP-spectators comfortably and two other pavillions to the left and right of the state pavilion capable of seating 3,000 spectators each. Other facilities would include, lounges cafeteria, exhibition hall and a press tower.
The ultramodern nine million Naira (GBP5.million) Hotel Durbar also in Kaduna, capital of the North Central State is in the final stage of completion. The construction work which started in April this year is a fabricated type of American buildings.
When completed, the Hotel Durbar is the second project, which is the largest of the projects being undertaken by the Federal Military Government for the festival. The 303 bedrooms hotel consists of two units the commercial and the rental units. The Commercial unit which is a single storey, contains dinning room, cock-tail lounge, a large conference hall, casino and tea shop. With these, the commercial until will provide venue for other activities, such as entertainment to guests etc. The rental unit is five storeys high and has 303 bedrooms, most of which have their own living rooms. Other facilities include a 60ft. x 100 ft. modern swimming pool and two tennis courts. Parking spaces will be provided for as many as 380 cars at a time when the hotel is fully completed.
About 80 delegation including the Vice-President of the International Committee of the Second World Black and African Festival of the Arts and Culture, (FESTAC.) on Sunday (November 30) flew from Laos to Kaduna for a one-day brief visit to the festival projects in the North Central State capital of Kaduna. The projects are the Kaduna Race-Course, Hotel Durbar, Kaduna Language Centre where about 88 students are being taught French language and housing scheme projects to accommodate visitors.
The delegation was led by the President and Federal Commissioner for Special Duties, Commander O.P.Fingesi.