Photos: How Abuja Would Look Like In 2020

Created: Monday, 11 September 2017 Written by Christian C. Ozor

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Abuja is the capital of Nigeria, and arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the country.

The city houses major government strategic buildings. Unlike some other cities in Nigeria, Abuja city was well planned, with superb road network, beautiful serene environment and a well-defined infrastructural development. One man who could be given credits for turning Abuja to a world class city is the former minister of FCT, who is the current governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir Elrufai. He upgraded Abuja city to a standard befitting for a capital.

But unfortunately, Mallam Nasir Elrufai left that office of FCT minister ten years ago and his predecessors couldn’t even keep up with his pace, even maintenance and continuity was left out. It looked as if he carried the success along with him when he left.  

Other ministers that came, we barely heard or see any of their achievements. Even the current FCT minister, I don’t even know his name, I’m yet to see any tangible project he has done.

I saw a pictorial projection of how Abuja would look like in 2030, but with what I’m seeing, I don’t think we can achieve that. Abuja is fast losing its appeal with gradual in flocks of hoodlums, insecurities, dirty environment and dilapidated buildings and infrastructure. Our lack of maintenance culture has caused the beauty of Abuja city fading away. The satellite towns have been abandoned, some traffic lights are no longer working. The security CCTV cameras allegedly installed in strategic areas of the city, they have turned to abandoned project, so many abandoned houses are spoiling away without anybody living in them, and many Nigerians are complaining of housing and accommodation. The elites practically acquired those houses just to resell, they made it too expensive for the common man to buy, no one wants to buy those houses at outrageous prices. Infact places like Asokoro has too many abandoned houses.

The security situation in Abuja is becoming poor. Like 4 to 5 years ago, you could barely hear of people being kidnaped in Abuja, but things have changed now. Weekly, about 3 people are being kidnapped in Abuja and only few are being reported on the media. kidnapping in Abuja is turning to a regular thing. A city that can’t provide a good security measures for residents, is that one a city?

 Parks and junctions have been turned to headquarters of pick pocket office. It just seems like the pick pocket guys fashola chased away from Lagos came down to Abuja and started opening offices in crowded parks and junctions in Abuja, making Berger roundabout their headquarters. Not forgetting multiple cases of extortion and arm robbery most especially in satellite communities.

If Abuja wants to achieve its master plan projects and achieving its projections of becoming a more viable and liveable city in 2020, the FCT minister must stop sleeping, wake up. The government must put their acts together to restore Abuja to the path of great urban city. We need to renew our great maintenance culture, create an enabling environment for more investments. If the government cannot take responsibilities, outsource it to private firms and pay them rather than leaving the city to fade and decay away. 

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