Wike Assumes Office as FCT Minister, Plans Massive Demolitions

The new minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has unveiled plans to restore the master plans of Abuja by demolishing “illegal structures” in the country’s capital.

Wike spoke during his maiden press conference in Abuja to outline his short, medium, and long-term plan as the new minister of FCT.

“It is not going to be business as usual. Those distorting Abuja Master Plan: if you build where you are not supposed to, the building will go down.

“If you build on a green area, sorry, it will go down. Those who were allocated land and refused to develop them, we will revoke such lands and re-allocate them to those who are ready to develop them.

“Those who don’t pay ground rent, we will not notify them to do so, but I will not be tired of signing revocation notices,” he said.

Wike added that the u completed buildings that have become a safe haven for criminals will be reclaimed by the government and put to good use.

For those selling goods in the wrong areas of the town, he revealed plans of putting the practice to a halt.

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“If you have a brother, sister, or uncle involved in any of these, please tell him that the time is up. The goal is to sanitise Abuja and make it safe for everyone,” he stated.

“We will consult with stakeholders, the natives, and herdsmen to address some of these problems, including open grazing.

“We will provide alternatives to reduce the suffering of the people, particularly those without private vehicles.

“We will bring back mass transit to improve access to public transportation, and therefore, the person in charge of transportation must keep his record clean,” he said.


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