Wike orders illegal occupants of Abuja Technology Village site to vacate


Wike and others at the scene of the proposed technology village

By Philip Yatai

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has asked illegal occupants of the proposed Abuja Technology Village site, along Airport road, to vacate the area.

Wike gave the directive when he visited the area in Abuja on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Wike was accompanied by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Uche Nnaji, on the visit to the site.

The minister said that he would direct the Department of Development Control to issue the illegal occupants an ultimatum to leave, adding that the indigenous community in the area had been compensated since 2015.

“I am not impressed with what I am seeing. We don’t lack the political will. If you don’t take action, people will not believe that anything is possible.

“I will call the Development Control Department and give them an ultimatum for these people to leave. They have been compensated since 2015.

“I urge those who settled here illegally to know that we will not hesitate to move them out. No amount of campaign will stop us from doing the right thing,” he said.

He advised the management of the Abuja Technology Village to take position of the space, fence the area and show some level of presence.

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Wike explained that he invited Nnaji to accompany him to the site so that he could take control of the place and see how investors could come in.

He asked the management of the technology village to send him an estimate of what would be required to erect a befitting office on the site.

“You are in charge of this place, and you don’t even have an office here, at least to show presence and tell people that we are here.

“So, if an investor is coming now, he is coming to meet an empty land, and you are renting an office outside the village.

“Please, let us know what it will take to erect a befitting office, so you can leave that place that you said that you are renting, and if you calculate the amount of money you spent renting is a waste,” he said.

Earlier, Nnaji expressed concern over the presence of illegal occupants on the site, saying erection of illegal buildings in the area could discourage some investors who had expressed interest in investing in the village.

He disclosed that an American company had already declared intention to build 200 mega watts of electricity in the technology village.

“There are so many other companies that want to start right away, but as this encroachment continues, we have to stop it somewhere, and see how we can take over, either to compensate the owners or demolish them.

“We can’t have this kind of thing here. Our mission here is in the interest of the country, and it is in keeping with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu,” Nnaji said.

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