Abuja.. Center of Unity.. Capital City of Nigeria
The general city layout.
Located in the geographic center of Nigeria, Abuja is a modern city by any standard. The roads are well laid out, and the population is not so dense. Beautiful buildings adorn the city center. Getting to Abuja
Abuja has one airport – the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. It’s got a domestic and an international wing. The international wing handles a few airlines BA, KLM, Lufthansa, and a couple of domestic airlines. The domestic wing is the real busy one. A whole bunch of domestic flights operate daily, bringing people in and out of the various states of Nigeria. Most flights shuttle hourly between Abuja and Lagos or Port Harcourt. Domestic Air fares range from N14, 000 (approx: $100) upwards.
There are lots of luxurious bus stations, with bus rides shuttling from Abuja to major towns all over the country. These rides are very comfortable, and cost much less than air travel. They however take much longer, with some of the longest trips lasting up to 22 hours.
The luxurious busses usually have air conditioning, movies, and meals. The average bus trip costs less than N5,000
Most people in Abuja have their own cars. The good road network makes it a pleasure to drive around. There are hardly ever traffic congestions, unless you leave the city center, where the roads narrow down. Within the city center, there are typically 4 – 6 lane roads criss-crossing each other. There are street and traffic lights at most junctions, though, due to power failures, they tend to be off, and the junctions are manned by ‘yellow fever’ traffic police.
The bottom of the rump way to get around is by bus. These buses shuttles between most of the bus stops within Abuja and its satellite towns. The bigger busses also ply similar routes, but are less popular.
Abuja has the best collection of taxis in Nigeria. The introduction of air conditioned Peugeot 307 cars, Abuja cabs and the host of privately owned cabs make getting around Abuja very easy. Average cab rides range from N200 – N4000, depending on the type of cab, and the route.
Motorbikes & Three wheeler Auto rickshaws:
Motorbikes no longer ply the city center, but they are still allowed to carry passengers in the satellite towns around Abuja. The replacement for motorbikes is the three wheelers, popularly known as ‘Keke NAPEP’. NAPEP is the Government poverty alleviation effort that funded the purchase of these three wheelers for small scale entrepreneurs. These usually go for short distances, usually to and from markets within the city.
There are tree – shaded sidewalks all over Abuja, and walking is a good way of getting around short distances as long as the weather is good.
Worship The major religions in Abuja are Christianity and Islam. There are others, as in other major cities. There are Churches and Mosques in every district in Abuja. On Fridays most offices close early or go on breaks to enable Muslims go to the Mosque. Christians usually go to Church on Sundays.
Leisure & entertainment
Take your business associates on an adventure in the wilds of Abuja! Zuma Rock, Zuma Rock Village, and Aso Rock – the main natural attraction of the city boasts a magnificent panorama of the dramatic landscape. Katampe Hill provides a striking view of the surrounding cityscape.
Cultural activities include visits to the Ushafa Pottery Centre, Shehu Musa Yar Adua Centre, National Mosque, National Ecumenical Centre, Millennium Park, Abuja Council for Art and Culture, and the Three Arms Zone.
There are lots of parks and gardens in the FCT. There’s a growing culture of relaxing in parks. Places like the Millennium Park, Children’s Park and Zoo, and the Wonderland amusement park get swarmed with leisure seekers mainly on weekends.
Places to hang out and enjoy quality entertainment are springing up all over Abuja these days. There’s a handful of clubs and pubs, suya, chicken, pizza, ice cream and shawarma spots dotting the town. Some of these are standalone, while others are attached to supermarkets. Fresh fish (AKA ‘Point and Kill’joints are a popular favourite for Abuja residents.
One business that is available on almost every street is the ‘food’ business. There are all sorts of restaurants and eateries everywhere in Abuja. These range from basic Nigerian restaurants to European, Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants. Local food is generally affordable, with meals going for as low as N100 in the ‘mama put’ or ‘bukka’ to meals that average around N2500 upwards in the more upbeat restaurants.
Fast food joints are also common, offering chicken and chips, rice based meals and local food, all available as ‘take away’. Service is relatively good, and in clean environments. Bottled drinking water is in abundance.
Shopping in the FCT is restricted mainly to district shopping centers, markets and supermarkets. Shopping centers, or ‘Plazas’ as they are usually referred to, consist of neatly arranged lock up stores that sell anything from mobile phones to cooking pots!
Street hawking is not encouraged, although newspaper vendors still take their chances at the traffic lights. There are major markets in every district of the FCT, according to the master plan. Basic home shopping can usually be done in these markets, as they stock pretty much ‘everything’.
The supermarkets stock a more select choice of goods; mostly imported goods, and local goods of high quality finish. Online shopping is pretty much non existent, due to the infant status of the internet and online banking system in Nigeria. There is, however, a growing presence of shopping directories such as The Abuja Yellow pages, Greensheets and the Street Hawker which feature price comparisons, and contact details for shopping destinations.
Good health care is readily available. There are Government hospitals in every district, and these are pretty well kept and affordable. However, they tend to be crowded. For more specialized attention, there are the options of private hospitals. These hospitals and health centers usually cost a lot more than the Government owned ones, but tend to offer much better facilities, and are less crowded.
Security in Abuja
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