The Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sen. Dino Melaye, has decried the construction of illegal structures on the Maitama Hill by some prominent Nigerians.
“The beautiful Maitama Hill has been dissipated and shared by people who refer to themselves as powerful Nigerians,” Melaye said during the budget defence of the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory and ordered the stoppage of construction at the site immediately.
He said the 8th Senate would not tolerate any move by any Nigerians to dissipate the FCT by changing its original plan.
“This is not acceptable to the 8th Senate and to this committee and this committee, in the interest of Nigerians, will not allow any construction to continue on the Maitama Hill.
“Apart from the fact that we have stopped work, the green there must be replanted and the trees immediately restored.
“We will not, out of fear, refuse to do our work. So, this morning, I will announce to Nigerians the powerful Nigerians, who shared the Maitama Hill among themselves and we will not stop at that.
“We are going to sit with you Mr Minister to ensure that there is immediate correction. Nigeria belongs to us, the FCT is the beauty of this country, modelled after the Capital of Brazil,” he said.
He urged the current FCT Minister, Malam Mohammed Bello, to ensure that the original plan for Abuja was restored.