The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has unveiled an ambitious plan to restore the city to its former glory and enhance its global standing. Speaking at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, Wike announced a comprehensive strategy that includes tackling illegal structures, improving security, enhancing infrastructure, and revitalising waste management.
In a determined effort to uphold the integrity of the Abuja Master Plan, Wike declared his intention to demolish all illegal buildings and structures in the FCT. He made it clear that there would be no leniency for those who violated zoning regulations.
“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,” he emphasised.
Furthermore, the minister vowed to revoke land allocations from individuals who failed to develop the plots and instead re-allocate them to those who were ready to invest in their development. Wike also underscored his commitment to eradicating uncompleted buildings that serve as safe havens for criminals, pledging that such structures would be reclaimed by the government for productive use.
As part of the effort to enhance security and cleanliness in the city, Wike addressed the indiscriminate operation of markets and motor parks along roadways. He warned against selling goods and wares under the roadside umbrella and expressed intolerance for illegal motor parks and bus stops. These activities have been identified as contributing to security challenges within the FCT.
The minister also outlined plans to ban motorcycle and tricycle operators from the city while concurrently ending open grazing within the capital. To accommodate the affected parties, consultations will be held with stakeholders, natives, and herdsmen to find alternative solutions that will ensure a secure and well-organised environment.
The minister vowed to revoke land allocations from individuals who failed to develop the plots and instead re-allocate them to those who were ready to invest in their development.
In the realm of infrastructure, Wike highlighted his commitment to taking on projects incrementally with the aim of revitalising the city’s appearance and functionality. He also announced intentions to extend development efforts to the six area councils, aiming to decongest the city and encourage equitable growth.
Addressing concerns about security, Wike pledged to collaborate closely with security agencies in the FCT, providing them with the necessary resources and tools to effectively combat criminal activities. He asserted that the FCT should be the safest city in the nation, and he expects tangible results from the security agencies.
Lastly, Minister Wike promised to ensure inclusivity in political appointments by giving consideration to the natives of the region. He called for the support of all stakeholders, including the media, to rally behind President Bola Tinubu’s administration and its mission to instil hope and confidence in the people.
With this comprehensive plan, Minister Nyesom Wike aims to transform Abuja into a model city that adheres to its master plan, effectively addresses security concerns, and provides a better quality of life for its residents. Time will tell if these efforts can truly restore Abuja to its former status as a shining example of urban planning and development.