'Government needs to tax people' -- Wike tells FCT residents

2024-02-13 21:39:36

Pulse Nigeria

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike [NAN]

Wike, who made the call on Tuesday after an inspection tour of project sites in Abuja, stressed that the government needed resources to provide critical infrastructure.

"Like we have always said to the elites in the FCT - they want roads, they want a good environment, they want streetlights everywhere, but the government does not print money.

"Government needs to tax people and then use that money for the development of the area. So, I will always plead with everybody that they should try as much as they can, to pay their ground rents," he said.

The minister said that funds from taxes, ground rent and other revenues were being used judiciously to ensure the delivery of various projects in the federal capital to meet the needs of residents.

He said despite the economic situation in the country, the FCT Administration was prompt in the payment to various contractors to ensure timely delivery of ongoing projects.

"With the taxes people pay, we try as much as we can, to allocate it to the priority projects. Again, we don't allow variation because we also try to pay as at when due; so the issue of variation does not come in" he added.

One of the projects inspected was the completion of the Vice President's residence by Julius Berger. Other projects were the Asokoro and Area One roundabouts on the Outer Southern Expressway being constructed by CGC Construction Nigeria Ltd. and Wuye Bridge being handled by Arab Contractors.

The minister also inspected the ongoing construction of B6 and B12 roads connecting Independence Avenue in central area with City Gate and being handled by Julius Berger.

On his assessment of the projects' delivery so far, the minister expressed optimism they would be completed in May to mark President Bola Tinubu's one year in office.

2024-02-13 News