Wike assumes office as FCT minister, threatens to demolish buildings

Nyesom Wike, the newly sworn-in Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has declared that he will demolish buildings that didn’t follow the city’s master plan.

At his maiden news conference, Wike said land allottees who have been given Certificates of Occupancy but failed to develop would also lose their lands to give way to those ready to build.

Wike said, “All those people who are distorting the master plan of Abuja, too bad! If you know you’ve built where you’re not supposed to build, it will go down.

“Be you a minister or ambassador, if you know you have developed where you are not supposed to develop, your house must go down.

“Those who have taken over the green areas to build, sorry, our parks must come park. The green areas must come back. If you hate green, you hate yourself.

“Those who have taken over the parks and green areas as where you now do restaurants, we would not accept that. It will go down.

“And all those people who are doing land racketeering, that period is over. And those that the government have allocated lands to them and they refused to develop, the land is gone.

“I’m going to revoke them because I don’t understand how land that you may have paid for N200,000, you now begin to find who will buy it for N2 billion. Who does that?

“We will take back our land and give to those who want to develop. And you must sign that you must develop at a certain time.”

President Bola Tinubu had on Monday, sworn in members of his cabinet after screening and confirmation by the senate.

The event, which kicked off at 10am, is ongoing at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Tinubu had earlier assigned portfolios to the ministers.

The swearing in was done in batches of five.

Among the dignitaries present are Vice President Kashim Shettima, Senate President Godswill Akpabio, and House of Representatives Speaker Tajudeen Abbas.

Below is the updated list of the ministers and their designations.

Ministry of Niger Delta Development: Abubakar Momoh
Minister Of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy: Bosun Tijani
Minister Of State, Environment: Ishak Salako
Minister Of Finance and Coordinating Minister of The Economy: Wale Edun
Minister Of Marine and Blue Economy: Adegboyega Oyetola
Minister Of Power: Adebayo Adelabu
Minister Of State, Health and Social Welfare: Tunji Alausa
Minister Of Solid Minerals Development: Dele Alake
Minister Of Tourism: Lola Ade-John
Minister Of Transportation: Saidu Alkali
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Anite
Minister of Innovation Science and Technology, Uche Nnaji
Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Nkiruka Onyejeocha
Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy
Minister of Works, David Umahi
Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo
Minister of Youth: (Pending)
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu
Minister of State (Gas), Petroleum Resources: Ekperikpe Ekpo
Minister of State (Oil), Petroleum Resources: Heineken Lokpobiri
Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh
Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike
Minister of State, Housing and Urban Development – Abdullahi Gwarzo
Minister of Budget and Economic Planning- Atiku Bagudu
Minister of State, FCT- Mariga Mahmoud
Minister of State, Water Resources and Sanitation- Bello Goronyo
Minister of Agriculture- Abubakar Kyari
Minister of Education- Tahir Mamman
Minister of Police Affairs- Ibrahim Geidam
Minister of Foreign Affairs – Yusuf Tuggar
Minister of Interior- Bunmi Tunji-Ojo
Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare- Ali Pate
Minister of State, Steel and Development- Maigari Ahmadu
Minister of Steel and Development, Shuaibu Audu
Minister of Information and National Orientation, Muhammed Idris
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi
Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong
Minister of State, Police Affairs, Inman Suleiman
Minister of Special Duties- Zephaniah Jisalo
Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation- Joseph Utsev
Minister of State, Agriculture and Food Security- Aliyu Abdullahi
Minister of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy- Hannatu Musawa
Minister of Defence- Muhammed Badaru
Minister of State for Defence- Bello Matawalle
Minister of State, Education- Tanko Sununu
Minister of Housing and Urban Development- Ahmed Dangiwa


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