BREAKING: Panic as Wike approves demolition of 6,000 buildings in Abuja

Nyesom Wike, the newly appointed Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike on Wednesday announced plans to demolish illegal structure in Garki, Jabi and other 28 districts.

The areas where buildings are marked for demolition have earlier been surveyed by the Federal Capital Development Authority before this administration.

The demolition, according to the FCTA, will affect about 6,000 buildings, adding that the exercise is part of the effort to rid the territory of shanties and illegal structures.

The FCTA said the demolition will affect 30 areas across the Federal Capital Territory.

On Monday, after his inauguration as Minister, Wike, who is the immediate past governor of Rivers State, vowed to restore the master plan of FCT.

He said he had moved round the FCT in the night to see things for himself and lamented that the master plan of the territory has been distorted with illegal structures in green areas of Abuja, insisting they will be demolished.

Wike said:

“At least 6,000 illegal structures in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) across 30 areas might be demolished by the Federal Government.

“We will take back our land and give to those who want to develop, and you must sign that you must develop at so and so time.’’

However, the Director of the FCTA Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima said, a new survey will be conducted.

“We would find time to go back and conduct a new survey, noting that the last survey carried out was in February, 2022.

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