In a bid to restore the master plan of the nation’s capital, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Nyesom Wike has announced plans to demolish no fewer than 6,000 illegal buildings and slums in Abuja. The move comes as part of an urban renewal initiative aimed at reclaiming the city’s architectural integrity.
Wike, who took office recently, asserted that all structures in violation of the Abuja master plan, including those built on green areas, would face demolition, regardless of ownership or status. He emphasized that no one would be exempt, even if they were ministers or ambassadors.
The areas targeted for the urban renewal program include Apo Mechanic Village, Dawaki, Dei Dei, Durumi, Garki, Garki Village, Gwagwalape, Idu, Jabi, Karu, Kubwa, Lugbe, Mabushi, Mpape, Nyanya, and many others.
Furthermore, the restoration effort also extends to lands acquired from Abuja indigenes, which are now deemed illegal by the FCT Administration. The crackdown is not limited to buildings alone; undeveloped lands with overdue ground rents will be revoked and reallocated for swift development.
The Minister’s bold vision aims to rectify long-standing issues in the capital, addressing abandoned properties, uncompleted structures, and unauthorized development. The move is anticipated to bring about a renewed sense of order and urban planning to Abuja.
However, some concerns have been raised about potential disruptions caused by the mass demolitions. Yet, the FCT Department of Development Control Director, Muktar Galadima, emphasized that the focus would be on structures violating the master plan, with a commitment to reevaluate the situation and ensure accurate figures.
Wike’s decisive stance on the matter underscores his determination to restore the city’s original blueprint and enhance its overall livability. As the urban renewal initiative kicks off, all eyes are on the FCT Administration to see how this ambitious undertaking will reshape Abuja’s landscape.
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