Demolition Spree Looms as Wike Says Buildings that Distort FCT Master Plan Will Be Removed

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has announced that buildings constructed for commercial use in residential areas of the nation’s capital will either be demolished or their licenses revoked.

This declaration addresses growing concerns over the misuse of residential areas for commercial purposes, particularly in the Gwarinpa area.

Wike emphasized the need for strict adherence to the FCT master plan, stating that he will take decisive actions to correct any deviations.

The minister noted that a committee has been established to identify areas where the master plan has been distorted. He warned that buildings constructed for residential purposes but converted to commercial use will be demolished or will lose their certificates.

Wike stated, “For Gwarimpa, the FCT gave out the land to the Federal Housing Authority. So the land is under the Federal Housing Authority. However, we have the oversight function of making sure that development is in line with the master plan of the FCT.

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“So it’s with that, that, as I came on board, we set up a committee to look at those places where the master plan has been distorted. If you’re supposed to build for residential purpose, and you convert it to commercial purpose, then you have to bring it down or you lose the certificate.”

Speaking further, he added, “But I’ll also say that in Nigeria so many people are afraid of making decisions. So many people are afraid of stepping on toes. But you cannot be a leader without stepping on toes. Then if you wait for when everybody will tell you they’re very happy, then you’re telling lies. What’s important is your conscience. Are you doing the right thing?”

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