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Friday, April 13, 2012

Where is Abuja located?

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria - at least everyone should know that. But beyond that where is it located? That’s the interesting part and we shall soon get to that. But first let’s get to know a few facts about Abuja city.

Global Co-ordinates, Time Zone and Land Mass

Abuja is located on Longitude 9° (degrees) 4 minutes and Latitude 7° (degrees) 29 minutes in the geographic center of Nigeria and occupies a land area of 713 sq km or 275 sq Miles. Abuja Time Zone is West African Time (GMT + 1).

Population of Abuja

Abuja has an estimated population of less than 2 million inhabitants as of 2011 with most of the working population living on the outskirts of the city in satellite towns and villages either within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) or neighbouring states such as Kaduna, Niger or Nassarawa.

Brief History of Abuja

Abuja was chosen as the capital of Nigeria because it was seen to be religiously and ethnically neutral located in the middle belt region just between the Muslim dominated Northern Nigeria and Christian dominated south. This was believed would relieve Nigeria of tension due to fears of marginalization and to offer all Nigerians a sense of belonging. Officially Abuja became the capital city of Nigeria on December 12, 1991 but the decree setting it up was promulgated in 1976. Preparations for handing over the reigns of power from Lagos to Abuja started in the 1980s with the construction of infrastructure based on the Abuja Master Plan.  Ever since the handover date, Abuja has been Nigeria’s capital.

Landmarks in Abuja

The main Land Mark in Abuja is the Aso Rock which is in the northern part of the city. Very close to the rock is the Presidential Palace known as Aso Rock Villa, the seat of executive power in Nigeria. Within the same axis are the National Assembly complex and the Supreme Court, this axis is known as the 3 arms Zone. But besides these there is the central mosque located in the Central Business District/Area. Also the Ecumenical Christian Center, the famous Zuma Rock, Eagle Square, National Secretariat Headquarters and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and some other major attractions in the city.

 How to Locate Abuja on a Map

Abuja is located on the center most part of the Map of Nigeria. It is sand-witched with plaque shaped FCT – which is bounded to the south by Kogi State, to the West by Niger, to the east by Benue and to the North by Kaduna and Nassarawa. You can also view Abuja city Map for its exact location or if you happen to be in town and want to find your way around.

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