The city of Kaduna -- the capital of Nigeria's North Central state -- has been gaining favour as a possible alternative to Lagos as the federal capital.
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Background: The city of Kaduna -- the capital of Nigeria's North Central state -- has been gaining favour as a possible alternative to Lagos as the federal capital.
The future of Logos as the Nigerian capital has been the subject of lengthy debate throughout the country for more than a year.
Many civic leaders have argued that Lagos has developed haphazardly and suffers the problems of uncontrolled urbanisation--traffic chaos, poor sanitation, poverty, inadequate medical facilities and services, poor transport services, poor roads, frequent water shortages and insufficient educational facilities.
The Federal Military Government's Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Aminu Kano described Lagos as "the dirtiest city in the African continent", while advocates of a new federal capital have called Lagos "the Calcutta of Africa"
Kaduna--a relatively modern city-about 360 miles (579 kilometres) north-east of Lagos -- has been favoured for its open design and scope for expansion.
The city began as an administration centre, housing state and Federal Government offices. But it has now developed into a prosperous industrial and commercial centre.
The city's population is less than a quarter of Lagos' 2,200,000 inhabitants.
The Federal Military Government of General Yakubu Gowon has taken no public stand on the question of the future of Lagos as the capital.
However, the Government plans to build a new complex in Lagos, costing some GBP 9,000,000 sterling (23,000,000 US dollars), to house the Federal Secretariat. The Government has also promised to make a massive study of the capital's urban problems, under Nigeria's Third National Development Plan to be launched this year.
SYNOPSIS: The city of kaduna -- the capital of Nigeria's North Central State--has been gaining favour as a possible alternative to Lagos as the Federal capital. The city's open streets and colourful markets provide a contrast to Lagos, which has been described as the dirtiest city in the African continent, and the "Calcutta of Africa."
Kaduna is a relatively modern city, about three hundred and sixty miles north-east of Lagos. Many civic leaders advocating a new federal capital, have favoured kaduna for its open design and scope for expansion. The city was built early this century as an administrative centre, housing state and Federal offices. But it has now developed into a prosperous industrial and commercial centre. Under the Federal Military Government's Housing Programme, thousand of new houses and apartment blocks have expanded the city.
Many foreign investors have chosen Kaduna, rather than Lagos, to build administrative offices. Many civic leaders have said that Lagos suffers the problems of uncontrolled urbanisation-ranging from traffic chaos and water shortages to poverty and poor medical facilities.
Kaduna consumes about twelve million gallons of water a day and suffers relatively few water shortages. Plans are now in hand to boost the city's water supply to fifty million gallons a day.
Much of the city's development has been carried out by the Kaduna Capital Development Board. The Federal Government has taken no public stand on moving the capital to Kaduna and has plans for large-scale re-development of Lagos.