‘Your House Will Go Down’ – Wike Warns Abuja Residents On Illegal Buildings

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In a resolute stance against urban development violations, the recently inaugurated Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, issued a stern warning that any building erected in defiance of the city’s meticulously crafted master plan will face demolition.

'Your House Will Go Down' - Wike Warns Abuja Residents On Illegal Buildings
Nyesom Wike

Minister Wike made these uncompromising remarks shortly after his official induction into the federal cabinet led by President Bola Tinubu on Monday.

Addressing the press and a gathered audience, Minister Wike expressed his unwavering commitment to restoring the integrity of Abuja’s urban landscape. “People who are distorting the masterplan of Abuja… too bad,” he declared.

“If you know you have built where you are not supposed to build, it will go down. Be it a minister of anywhere, be it an ambassador… if you know you have developed where you are not supposed to, your house will go down.

“Those who have taken over the green areas to build, sorry. The green areas must come back. So if you know anyone involved, that has taken over the green areas or parks and turned them into restaurants, we will not accept that.

“If your father has done that, sorry. If your mother has done that, sorry. There’s nothing I can do. It will go down. There is refuse everywhere. Those who are paid for refuse collection, what are they doing?”

Wike also warned land speculators that a new sheriff is in town.

“And those doing land marketing, the period for that is over. And for those who have been given CofO (certificate of occupancy) and failed to develop, and they have become land speculators, the land is gone. I will revoke them.”

The announcement comes on the heels of President Bola Tinubu’s submission of a list of 48 ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation, with 45 receiving clearance. On August 16, President Tinubu assigned portfolios to the successful ministerial nominees, signifying the commencement of their roles in the federal administration.

As the new cabinet members began to undertake official procedures, including documentation, at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), the nation looks on with anticipation to observe how these ministerial changes will influence the nation’s development trajectory under President Tinubu’s leadership.

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