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‘80% Of Abuja Residents Live Outside City Centre’



The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has revealed that over 80 per cent of residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) live in satellite towns and suburbs, while only about 20 per cent of the population is living at the city centre.
Speaking during the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) edition of the ‘Urban Thinkers Campus’ forum in Abuja yesterday, a former director, Satellite Town Development Department (STDD), Arc Victoria Imande, noted that many residents live outside the city due to the high cost of accommodation at the city centre.
Imande, who presented a paper titled, “Slum upgrade for indigenous settlements, Appraisal of Resettlement policies – The way forward”, stated that many FCT residents cannot afford millions of naira charged for accommodation at the city center; hence they find solaces in peripheral urban areas, where houses are cheaper.
She noted that the cost of essential commodities, such as water as well as cost of refuse disposal in satellite towns such as Jikwoyi, Gwagwalada, Karu, Dutse Alhaji among others is higher when compared with the cost in the city centre.
According to her, “One liter of water in peripheral urban areas such as Jikwoyi, Gwagwalada, Karu, Dutse Alhaji among others cost N1.25 official price, while people living in the city center pay as low as N0.1 and enjoy more water supply than those paying higher.”
She therefore suggested integrated and inclusive urban development design, to create economic activities for investors and thereby creating job opportunities for the unemployed.
Imande however, stated that the FCT must provide sustainable potable water, Solid waste management, flood and waste water component, transportation and capacity building for its residents.