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Minister laments rising cost of infrastructure maintenance in Abuja

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FCT Minister, Bello Muhammad, has said that residents of the territory may have to pay for infrastructure as government could no longer continue to fund it.

Muhammad said this while on inspection tour of ongoing road projects on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said, tremendous amounts are 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 now is that to develop each plot now requires tremendous amount of 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 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 could no longer fund infrastructure, while allocating plot for free.

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