…vows to go after Abuja masterplan volators
…Sets 6-month performance clock
By Stanley Onyekwere
The newly sworn-in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nyesom Wike today assumed office, with an assurance to prioritise improving the sanitary outlook of Abuja and curtailing security challenges in the city within the next six months period.
Wike cautioned all those who are distorting the master plan of Abuja, to desist from such, as the new administration will not hesitate to step on toes, in order to turnaround Abuja to be competing with other cities of the world.
Speaking at his inaugural press briefing, the Minister vowed to revoke undeveloped plots with Certificates of Occupancy (CofO) given out to the allottees as well as go after those involved in erecting illegal structures, trading indiscriminately, land racketeering, and taking over of green areas in the FCT.
He said: “We have the mandate of the Mr. President and vice president to give a different narrative as far as FCT is concerned. They have given us the matching order that we must bring FCT back to what it is supposed to be. And we have the capacity to do that. So, it’s not a joke as it is not going to be business as usual.
“Now, is the time that we must show that Federal Capital Territory, Abuja should be one of the cities to be competing with other cities of the world.
“We cannot do it alone, we need the support of everybody particularly the media. So, the first point is we want the media know that this is what we want to do within the short, medium and long term.
“We cannot do everything within the short period in terms of physical infrastructure and the rest, but there are things that you are expected to within the short time we must do .”