The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria, Nyesom Wike, has said that he will demolish all illegal buildings in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Wike, who took office on Monday, said that the demolitions are necessary to restore the Abuja Master Plan, which is a blueprint for the development of the city.
He said that the demolitions would include 30 illegal settlements and slums, as well as over 6,000 illegal buildings.
Wike also said that he would revoke lands that have remained undeveloped for a long period of time.
He warned that those who violate the law will be punished, regardless of their status or position in society.
The minister’s announcement has been met with mixed reactions. Some residents have welcomed the move, saying that it is necessary to restore order to the city. Others have expressed concern about the impact of the demolitions on the poor and the displaced.
Wike has said that he will provide compensation to those who are affected by the demolitions.
He has also said that he will work to provide alternative transportation options for residents who rely on motorcycles and tricycles.
The minister’s plans have been criticized by some as being too harsh. However, he has said that he is committed to restoring the Abuja Master Plan and making the city a better place for everyone.