Following the recent collapse of the two-storey building in Abuja, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has ordered the immediate arrest of the landlord of the affected property located on Lagos Crescent, Garki 2.
Wike made this statement while assessing the site of the collapsed building on Thursday. The FCT minister also ordered the occupants of the affected building to be resettled elsewhere.
What he said
- “It is not as if anybody has any personal vendetta but for me, it is for us to do the right thing. I don’t know why it has taken so long that the FCTA has not resettled them and so we will take immediate action to see that the indigenes of these places are resettled and then the government has to plan out this place.
- “When the government says take a building plan, it is not to suffer anybody but to make sure that everyone is protected. Cities are planned to forestall these kinds of occurrences. Imagine buildings without approval. I will ask that we identify and arrest the owner of this property. It is very important.
- “Government will of course take over this area and make sure no further development is carried out here. I want all the stakeholders here to please work with the government in the interest of everybody. No one has come here to say I like A, I don’t like B. I know sometimes government decisions may not be too comfortable with the people, but in the long run, it is in the interest of the people.”
Nonetheless, Wike applauded the efforts of various agencies, particularly NEMA and FEMA, that were involved in rescuing persons trapped in the rubble.
He also emphasized the resolve to go against illegal developments or buildings that do