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Wike Holds First Press Conference As FCT Ministers Vows to Take Down Buildings

“I f you know you have developed where you are not supposed to develop, it will go down.” -Wike



Nyesom Wike

Just after taking the oath of office as the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, former Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has vowed to take down all the lands distorting the master plan in Abuja.

Making this known while addressing the press for the first time as FCT minister, Mr Wike warned he will revoke the lands of those who were given Certificate of Occupancy to build and failed to build and issue to those who are ready to develop the federal capital.

“All those people who are distorting the master plan of Abuja, too bad. If you know you have built where you are not supposed to build, it will go down. Be you minister of anywhere, an Ambassador, if you know you have developed where you are not supposed to develop, it will go down.  Those who have taken over the green areas to build, sorry, our parks must come back. If you know anybody who has taken over the green areas or have taken over the parks to where you now do restaurants, we will not accept that,” Wike said.
“Sorry, if your father has done that. If your mother has done that, sorry. There is nothing I can do. It will go down. ‘And all those people who are doing land racketing, sorry. I will talk to the staff tomorrow. That period is over.  And those that the government have given Certificate of Occupancy of land and refuse to develop the land, and they are using it to speculate, the land is gone. I am going to revoke them. Those of you who also have refused to pay your ground rent…nonpayment of ground rent is a breach of covenant. So, if you have not paid, I will not be tired to revoke. That is why I am here,” he added.
News About Nigeria had earlier reported that President Bola Tinubu led government on Monday inaugurated 45 ministers designate into office. the former Rivers governor whose ministerial appointment had sparked a lot of controversies was among the 45 man ministers drafted into President Tinubu’s cabinet.