Kaduna -- the former capital of Nigeria's Northern Region -- is steadily outgrowing its former status as a mere administrative centre.
Kaduna -- the former capital of Nigeria's Northern Region -- is steadily outgrowing its former status as a mere administrative centre. Today, it is a teeming commercial and industrial city.
Since it became the capital of the North Central State, Kaduna has gradually developed its industries. Cotton spinning and weaving is the leading industry. The Kaduna Textile Mill -- one of the largest in the world -- has a floor area of 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares) under one roof.
Along with industries, branches of banks (including a branch of a leading British bank) other financial institutions have also sprung up in the city of 180,000 people.
The local government has set up the Kaduna Capital Development Board to undertake major building plans in the capital.
The Development House, where many state corporations and a newspaper have their offices, is one of the Board's major projects. It has also allocated more than 6 million nairas (about four million pounds sterling, ten million U.S. dollars) for various schemes including the building of the Kaduna Central Market, which will be one of the best in Nigeria.
The Board has also provided the city with a bus service and lighting for its main street -- the Ahmadu Bello Way.