From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The residents of Ladduga and Kachia in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State have commended the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai for awarding a road contract to link the 30 hectares Ladduga agricultural hub with Kachia for easy access to inputs and market.
The residents expressed this during visit to the site by some media yesterday
The 22km road awarded to an indigenous contractor, Farmtrac Nigeria Limited, which is at 85% completion, would link Ladduga’s 30 hectares of farmland and grazing reserves with Kachia, ensuring that food from the farms and meat from the cattle grazing reserve can easily access market in Kachia and other even Kaduna, while inputs can easily be brought into the community.
The farmers and other stakeholders in Ladduga, Kachia LGA in Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone, equally lauded the quality and standard of work by the indigenous contractor, while expressing delight that their pregnant women, sick women and children will not be dying on their way to hospital in Kachia especially during raining season when it takes them days to commute the less than 30km distance.
According to Ladduga Youth Leader, Malam Jaafar Salisu, are very happy with the road construction, we thank Governor Nasir el-Rufai for awarding the road. Before they do the road, we cannot move our farm produce. Many pregnant women and children died on the road on their way to Kachia because we don’t have hospitals in Ladduga. It takes us up to one and half hours to reach Cattle Crossing.
“At times during the rains when the river is full, vehicles would have to wait for hours for the water to clear. We thank the contractor for doing quality work, which we are already seeing. When it rains, within five minutes the road will have drained and become motorable again.”
Similarly Hadiza Musa, a fura and nono seller said, the road and bridge has made movement easy for them especially during the rains. “During the rains we have to come and wait for hours by the river side for the water to move. But now with the ongoing road construction and the new bridge we can easily follow the bridge. We thank the government for rebuilding the road.”
Also speaking, Saidu Ibrahim, a commercial driver explained how the new road has changed things in Ladduga. “There is a huge difference now. Everything has changed, there are more commercial activities. We have a good road. Farmtrac is doing a very good job, we thank Governor Nasir el-Rufai for rebuilding the road for us. We have what Ivan describes as the best road in Southern Kaduna.”
Yahuza Ahmad Ladduga, an okada rider said, “there are many differences now, before we okada riders have lots of challenges not to talk of vehicle drivers, the rains and bad road destroyed many of our vehicles. We thank Governor el-Rufai for awarding the contract and the contractor for doing a good job. Previously, contractors would come and pour laterite promising to do the job without any result but Farmtrac came with the intention of doing a quality job.”
According to a former executive secretary of Kaduna state revenue board, Alhaji Ahmed Jibril, the new road is a blessing in many ways. “We used to trek for two hours to Cattle Crossing because few vehicles can enter here. Many pregnant women died on their way to hospital in Kachia because of the trekking but now it takes 20 minutes. Things are going well, a central mosque is being built in Kurmin Nyako and private primary and secondary schools have started here.”
Former majority leader of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Hon. David Umar Gurara also commended Farmtrac for the quality of their work. “I’m a member of PDP, a different party from Governor el-Rufai, but the Governor made a good choice in giving the 10km township road to Farmtrac. I want the Governor to give Farmtrac other roads to continue to do the good work in Kachia because the man is determined to change Kachia to a city.”
In his own remarks, the Chairman of Kachia LGA, Hon. Peter Agite thanked Governor Nasir el-Rufai for linking Ladduga with Kachia and Farmtrac for doing a commendable job. “We thank God that Governor el-Rufai brought a capable contractor who is doing his vest to bring Kachia to limelight. Alhaji Sadiq Abubakar has done very good works in Kachia township roads and GSS Kachia. He really has the love of Kachia at heart that is why I’m preaching to my people to remain in peace so that more development can come.”