- The newly sworn-in minister, Nyesom Wike, has hit the ground running on his first day at work at the Federal Capital Territory
- The former governor of Rivers state vowed to end open grazing in Abuja while noting he would consult with herdsmen
- Wike made this known on resumption of office in Abuja, on Monday, August 21, as he vowed to sanitise the FCT
FCT, Abuja - There is a new sheriff in town, especially in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This is as the newly sworn-in minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike, has vowed to end open grazing in Abuja, noting such can longer be tolerated.
Wike, a former Rivers state governor, said this in a press conference in Abuja on Monday, hours after his swearing-in, Channels TV reported.
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No more grazing of cows in Abuja
The former governor said herdsmen could rear their cattle outside the city but would no longer be allowed to graze on the grasses used for the beautification of the city, Vanguard report added.
“We will consult with the herdsmen to see how we will stop [open grazing] because we can not allow cows inside the city,” he said at the event in the Garki area of Abuja.
“They can be outside the city because the grasses are outside the city. The grasses in the city were planted to beautify the city. It is not that one that they would eat."
Watch the video as Wike vows to end open grazing in Abuja
Wike knocks people calling for his suspension from PDP
Nyesom Wike, the minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), has referred to those calling for his suspension from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as "Reggae Dancers".
Wike, a two-term governor of Rivers state under the PDP, made the remark while speaking at a press conference shortly after being sworn in as a minister under the government of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, August 21.
Wike reveals PDP's role in his appointment
Legit.ng earlier reported that the new FCT minister disclosed that he informed the PDP national chairman about his appointment before taking up the ministerial job.
Wike, who is still a member of the PDP, urged Nigerians to forget the media propaganda, adding that all the party's leaders, including his state governor, told him to accept the position.
According to the former governor of Rivers state, the minority leaders of the House of Reps and Senate, the PDP zonal and his state's chairmen supported him in accepting the APC ministerial slot.