The senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ireti Kingibe, has advised the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, to study the city’s dynamics before issuing demolition threats.
Kingibe made the remarks during a chat with reporters in Abuja, while responding to questions on the demolition threats issued by Wike on his first day in office.
The senator, who agreed that some structures on waterways and floodplains must go, advised the minister to look at the issues holistically.
“I am not talking of random demolitions that the minister has not been here long enough to have studied everything holistically, and I feel like he needs to take time to look at the whole picture of the FCT and then decide,” she said.
The lawmaker also noted that Wike is supposed to administer the FCT in collaboration with the National Assembly and president because he “does not have executive powers”.
Kingibe said that the minister may face resistance from both the National Assembly and the people of the FCT if he moves forward with demolition plans.