Abuja Nigeria : Brief History Of Abuja
Here is all you need to know about the brief history of Abuja Nigeria , which is the capital city of Nigeria. The city has a land area of 8,000 square meters. The location of Abuja Nigeria is unique as it is located in the geographical center of Nigeria and has borders on the west by Niger State, on the north with Kaduna State, on south-east with Nassarawa State, and on the south-west by Kogi State. Being the Capital city, it is home to the presidential villa, the National Assembly, top embassies and lots more.
Brief History of Abuja Nigeria
The land now popularly known as Abuja was originally the south-western part of the Zazxau kingdom of Zazzau. The area was populated by several semi-independent tribes and the largest of them was the Gwari and Koro. King Abubakar founded the kingdom of Abuja in the year 1825 after Zaria fell to the Fulani invaders. King Abubakar named the kingdom after himself as he was popularly known as Abu-ja. The kingdom soon became a major commercial center where goods were exchanged by long distance traders. In the year 1902 the kingdom was occupied by the British army and the kingdoms was reorganized by the British and referred to as emirates. The city was a little unknown and remained a quite part of Nigeria until political, ethnic and congestion problems arose with the capital city being located in Lagos state and the Federal Government commenced a search for a new capital city in the year 1975. Abuja was selected as the Federal capital territory On February 4, 1976 after 33 locations where considered. The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), was charged with the task of developing the new capital city of the country.
The master plan of the state was developed by International Planning Associates (IPA), this master plan defined the general structure and major design elements of the city which are visible in its current form. After Abuja was announced as the Federal Capital Territory most countries that had their embassies in Lagos State relocated to the new capital city, and maintained their.
The region began to experience massive economic growth as there was an influx of people from all parts of the country into Abuja. According to the 2006 census the city has a population of 776,298, which makes it one of the ten most populous cities in the country.
In terms of administration of the Federal Capital City there are six Area Councils and each of this councils are subdivided into wards headed by local councils. The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory is the overall leader of this six area councils.
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