In a bid to restore the master plan of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and eliminate illegal structures, newly appointed FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, has approved the demolition of slums across 30 districts. The decision comes after a comprehensive survey by the Federal Capital Development Authority identified these areas for redevelopment.
Approximately 6,000 buildings have been marked for demolition, with the objective of removing shanties and unauthorized constructions that have plagued the FCT. The affected areas include well-known districts such as Garki, Jabi, and others like Apo Mechanic Village, Durumi, Karu, and Lugbe.
Upon his inauguration as Minister, Nyesom Wike, a former governor of Rivers State, expressed his commitment to returning the FCT to its planned layout. He pledged to address land speculations and restore the integrity of the city’s green spaces.
“We will take back our land and give it to those who want to develop,” stated Wike, emphasizing the importance of adhering to development timelines.
Muktar Galadima, the Director of the FCTA Department of Development Control, highlighted the necessity of conducting a new survey before the demolition. The most recent survey had taken place in February 2022, and a fresh assessment will be carried out to ensure accurate information.
The move has garnered mixed reactions, with some residents concerned about the displacement and potential disruptions. However, the FCTA is focused on implementing a comprehensive plan to address the urban challenges and enhance the livability of the FCT.
As the FCT gears up for this ambitious transformation, all eyes are on how the administration will balance the need for urban development while safeguarding the interests of affected residents and maintaining the city’s overall character.