In a recent development, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has issued a stern warning to the management of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) regarding their alleged encroachment on land designated for FCT projects.
During an inspection of ongoing infrastructure projects in the FCT on Thursday, Wike expressed satisfaction with the progress of various initiatives but voiced concerns about reported obstructions caused by the CBN and a member of the House of Representatives.
Wike emphasized the importance of institutions like the central bank adhering to the allocated land limits and avoiding unnecessary hindrances. He vowed not to tolerate any encroachment and urged the apex bank’s management to allow the land’s use for the benefit of the public.
Expressing his discontent, Wike stated, “We are very happy, and we are trying to observe some obstruction by the Central Bank, which, of course, we will not allow.
You see, one thing with institutions is that when they apply for land, and they’re given, they will go beyond what was given to them, and it causes obstruction. I’ve always said anything for the public, we will not take it for granted. So, we want the Central Bank to allow us to use what belongs to us for the interest of the public.”
Furthermore, the minister condemned the attempts by a House of Representatives member to impede construction work in the Guzape district of the federal capital.
Wike reasserted his commitment to delivering timely and high-quality projects to the public, stating, “Coming to the B6 and D12 Area, we are happy with the work done by Julius Berger. And just like you heard the representative of the company has said, by May they will hand it over.”