The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Bello Muhammad, has said that residents of the territory may have to pay more for infrastructure as government can no longer continue to fund it.
Muhammad said this while on an inspection tour of ongoing road projects by the FCT, on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said, huge sums of money is needed for the provision of infrastructure in many of the districts of the FCT.
According to him, while it was possible in the past to develop the FCT, the reality currently is that to develop each plot requires huge resources.
“I think it is just a matter of time, we will have no option but to ensure that every plot has to pay for itself.
“If you look at it on a plot to plot basis the cost of infrastructure for a plot is so high and if you look at what people pay to government it is so negligible,” he said.
According to him, 30 years ago when Abuja was created and people were encouraged to come in, it made a lot of sense for government to provide infrastructure.
Muhammad said this was because infrastructure had not matched the level of development, adding that this had to be so because government can no longer fund infrastructure, while allocating plot for free.
The Minister said developing Abuja is something that requires “all of us to really sit down as stakeholders and not just the FCT administration”.
He stated that if residents of FCT craved for first class infrastructure, they have to be willing to pay for it. “That is why the development of the city without given due cognisance to funding and providing for infrastructure does not help the city.
“That is why you see that the city has so many districts with 100 per cent houses without infrastructure,” he said.