Successive governments at the centre have spent an estimated N1.3 trillion on infrastructure development in the federal capital territory (FCT) since its creation some 37 years ago.
Senator Bala Mohammed,FCT Minister ,who made the disclose yesterday in Abuja said within the next five years, at least twice the amount spent in 37 years will go into infrastructure, housing and physical development.
Senator Bala who described the FCT as the most successful federal government project so far, said the land swap programme would help to bridge the huge infrastructure gap currently existing in the FCT.
He advised dissenting Abuja natives not to allow themselves to be incited or used by those who do not mean well and are looking for ways of sabotaging laudable government programmes like the Land Swap initiative.
The Minister said that he decided to organize a special town hall meeting on the land swap initiative as a way of opening a level playing field for all people with diverse opinion to step forward and put them on the table in a democratic spirit so that they can be resolved.
Senator Mohammed assured the affected Abuja original inhabitants that a robust framework of resettlement and compensation which adequately caters for them has been developed adding that the responsibility of government under the transformation agenda is not just about infrastructure provision but also about social amenities and the well-being of the citizens.
He noted that even before adopting the land swap programme, the FCT Administration under him had resolved that any massive infrastructure development in the FCT must, as of necessity, take into consideration resettlement and compeensation issues for the original inhabitants, if it must succeed.