Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, issued a call to the elite in Abuja, urging them to promptly pay their taxes to facilitate development in their areas.
Speaking during the flag-off of a 57 km road resurfacing project covering 189 roads in the Maitama District, Wike emphasized that sustained development depends on citizens fulfilling their tax obligations.
Addressing the elite, Wike stated, “Don’t expect to have good roads without paying taxes.”
He pointed out that the ongoing road resurfacing project in the upscale Maitama District was financed through taxes and emphasized the importance of citizens contributing to the development of their communities.
During the event, Wike also urged Nigerians to be patient with President Bola Tinubu’s administration, stating that the policies put in place would soon yield tangible gains.
He acknowledged the temporary inconveniences resulting from certain economic changes but assured citizens that the long-term benefits would outweigh the challenges.
The FCT Minister emphasized the need for good health, wisdom, and strength for President Tinubu to effectively lead the country. He urged citizens to recognize both the challenges and positive aspects of government policies.
Regarding the use of foreign contractors for certain projects, Wike expressed his support for local content but emphasized that quality should not be sacrificed. He warned contractors without the capacity to deliver quality work within the designated time frame that their contracts could be revoked.
In addition, Wike highlighted his commitment to ensuring accountability in government activities. He disclosed that he regularly inspects projects and infrastructure developments at midnight to ensure that things are in order. He emphasized the importance of effective service delivery and the role of proper lighting in reducing insecurity.*
Wike concluded by apologizing to residents for any inconveniences caused by the road construction work and reiterated that development requires sacrifices. He urged citizens to be patient, recognizing that temporary disruptions would lead to long-term benefits.