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Old July 8th, 2008, 05:13 PM   #1
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ABUJA CITY MASTER PLAN|INFO,IMAGES,NEWS

ABUJA CITY MASTER PLAN|INFO,IMAGES,NEWS

International Planning Associates (IPA),a joint venture of WRT, Planning Research Corporation, and Archisystems International,was contracted to plan a new national capital city for Nigeria that would be home for more than 3 million people. The new city, called Abuja, is intended to serve both as the new location for the Nigerian federal government as well as an important symbol of national unity. WRT created a distinctive identity for the city through site selection and detailed design of the Central Area, which comprises the national government center, national cultural institutions, and the central business district. Outside the Central Area, RES mini-cities with populations of 150,000 to 250,000 are organized around local business and employment centers, and are connected to other parts of the city by exclusive transit-ways.

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Old July 10th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #3
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ABUJA CENTRAL BUSINESS (CENTRAL) DISTRICT PLAN

Abuja's Central District is located between the foot of Aso Rock and into the Three Arms Zone to the southern base of the ring road. It is like the city's spinal cord, dividing it into the northern sector with Maitama and Wuse, and the southern sector with Garki and Asokoro. While each district has its own clearly demarcated commercial and residential sectors, the Central District is the city's principal Business Zone, where practically all parastatals and multinational corporations have their offices located. An attractive area in the Central District is the region known as the Three Arms Zone, so called because it houses the administrative offices of the executive, legislative and judicial arms of the Federal Government. A few of the other sites worth seeing in the area are the Federal Secretariats alongside Shehu Shagari way, Aso Hill, the Abuja Plant Nursery, Parade Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier across the road facing it. The Brigade of Guards organises a twenty-four watch at the spot and they have a colourful ceremonial change of guard. The National Mosque and National Church are located opposite each other on either side of Independence Avenue. Buildings such as the National Assembly building in Abuja, Eagle Square, and Aso rock, the presidential villa, are situated in Abuja. Another well known government office is the Ministry of Defence, popularly nicknamed ship house

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Old July 12th, 2008, 04:49 PM   #4
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THE FIVE DISTRICTS OF ABUJA

1.Central
2. Garki
3. Wuse
4. Maitama
5. Asokoro.

AND FIVE SUBURB DISTRCITS

1. Nyanya
2. Karu
3. Gwagwalada
4. Kubwa
5. Jukwoyi

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Old July 14th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #5
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phase I and II are area with construction or constructed.
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Old July 26th, 2008, 07:19 PM   #6
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GARKI DISTRICT AREA

The Garki District is the area in the southwest corner of the city, having the Central District to the north and the Asokoro District to the east. There are some interesting buildings, which include the General Post Office, Abuja International Conference Centre, Abuja Sofitel Hotel, Agura Hotel, the Federal Secretariat Complex, Garki Shopping centre, several bank buildings and other commercial offices. At present it is the principal business district of Abuja.

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Old July 26th, 2008, 07:27 PM   #7
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WUSE DISTRICT AREA

Wuse District is the northwestern part of the city, with the Maitama District to its north and the Central District to its south. The Wuse Market is Abuja's principal market. The second most important Post Office in the city is located here. This district also houses the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ibru International hotel, and the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation.

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MAITAMA DISTRICT AREA

Maitama District is to the north of the city, with the Wuse and Central Districts lying to its southwest and southeast respectively. This area is home to the top bracket sections of society and business, and has the reputation of being very exclusive and also very expensive. Interesting buildings include the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, National Universities Commission, Soil Conservation Complex, and National Electoral Commission.

Maitama District is home to many European embassies in Nigeria.

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ASOKORO DISTRICT AREA

Asokoro District, the doyen of all the district houses all the states lodges/guest houses and the famous ECOWAS secretariat is the focal point of interest. It is located to the east of Garki district and south of Central district. Asokoro district is home to ministers and political figures in Nigeria.

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Old July 27th, 2008, 04:11 PM   #8
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CADASTRAL MAP OF ABUJA CITY

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A sketchy map of Abuja masterplan.


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Old July 29th, 2008, 01:47 PM   #10
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GETTING INTO ABUJA

From Kaduna:

The Kaduna-Zuba Expressway, the road that passes Kubwa and continues to Nyanyan and Keffi, has several offshoots into the Federal Capital City of Abuja. Most of them enter either through the Wuse District or the Maitama District. As the road approaches the city, the Zuma Rock can be seen on the left and the Madalla Market follows it on the right. It continues to the fly over bridge from where a turn to the left connects to the Murtala Mohammed Expressway North.

From Lokoja:

The Lokoja-Kaduna A-2 Federal highway enters Abuja through the Central District after passing Gwaglwalada town and joining the Airport Expressway.

From Lagos:

For travelers from Lagos and the other Western areas of Nigeria, the road passing through Mokwa to llorin, Suleja to Abuja will be more suitable, while the road through Lukoja will be better for those from the Eastern areas.

From Jos:

The road from Jos to Abuja passes through Keffi and Nyanyan before entering the city through the Asokoro District.
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I can't wait to see the finished CBD for Abuja! Does anyone have a list of projects going up in the District?
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 02:34 PM   #13
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MAITAMA DISTRICT DETAIL MAP

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ABUJA CITY BLUEPRINT

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Old August 4th, 2008, 08:58 PM   #15
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ABUJA MASTER PLAN - GOVT NEEDS POLITICAL WILL

Mr Allabeh Ndirmbula, the President, Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC), last Saturday said government needed political will for proper implementation of the Abuja Master Plan.
Ndirmbula said in Abuja that it was due to lack of discipline of those in power that stalled the proper implementation of the Abuja master plan.
He said: "Every plan is approved by people in power and everything that happened was more or less politically controlled inspite of the fact that planners had done their job.
"The political head can decide on what would happen somewhere else and in the case of Abuja , it was lack of discipline to implement the plan as it was supposed to be and this is a combination of many things."He said one was that those in power who should approve and decide what should be done, sometimes took liberty and approved things that should not have been approved in some places.The other thing could be personal interest rather than public interest.In other instances, master plan could be amended, monitored and reviewed after every five years and in most Nigerian cities, plans were never reviewed.He said a master plan was a guide and "not necessarily a rigid thing that must be adhered to as life and death, it is supposed to be a guide"."Some city plans were prepared 30 years ago and they were not reviewed even once, so circumstances and needs of the people had changed and the population had also increased several times.He said all these were the problems."You cannot freeze development so that they can wait for you to prepare a plan, sometimes so it could just burst and that is why we have problems like in Abuja and many other cities."He said for a plan to be implemented properly, it needs the political will and commitment on the part of the government to stick to a plan that had been prepared to represent the will and aspirations of the people."And not by arm-twisting, which often takes place and that can misdirect those who are professionals in not doing their work properly," he said.Ndirmbula said in approving a building plan, some processes had to be followed and "it takes a multi disciplinary team like the people who design, build and some at the top who approve.""So, the fact that a building plan was not in the right place, could mean a lot of things. But every plan would normally have a certificate of occupancy and it is supposed to be in conformity with the plan," he said."But in some cases, plans were distorted to favour some people and in this manner, when you approve a plan or a building on a piece of land that was meant for something else, it is distorted due to some interest.Then you have a building that is at the wrong place."This becomes illegal because the master plan that has been so adapted is a legal document," Ndirmbula added.

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Old August 6th, 2008, 01:15 PM   #16
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THE NECCESSITY FOR AN ABUJA BOULEVARD

The decision by the federal government to further open up the capital city of Abuja through the upgrading of a Boulevard project has generated a lot of debate among both residents and other Nigerians.The debate has centred around the desirability or otherwise of having a boulevard for the FCT at this time.Of all the contributors to the raging debate,none has advanced for the outright condemnation of the project,which is expected to gulp aboutN50billion.This shows that there isa central concern for the project byall the dbators.For some,the cost is too much for now,especially hat teachers are onstrike so the money be used for them,while for some,the city centre may not accommodate any such expansin anymre.Others still want the government to shipt the timing of theexecution of the gigantic project.

But the truth of the whole matter is that the Abuja Boulevard project is not a new one.It is a developmental structure that has been captured in the Abuja master plan by the founding fathers of the new capital city following its relocation from Lagos.It has been there,and therefore he funds meant for its development are with the federal government.Whether they are available now or not,it is the duty of government to source for them and provide for the project.It is like any other project embarked or to be embarked upon by government.The funds meant for the payment of teachers salaries cannot be part of it.

The Boulevard already has a place in the master plan of Abuja and two of them are to be opened on both sides of the Eagle Square, extending through the National Hospital along the airport road.No demolition will take place because no structure, whether legal or llegal, is in the way. It is supposed to be a 6.5 kilometres extension on each side of the road in between the two major buildings of the Federal Secertariat.Like obtained in developed societies,the Boulevard dominate heavy bissiness locations and areas were a lot of such activities take place.In the FCT,it is located within the central core of the Central Area District which is the very heart or soul of the City. It is expected to boos bussinss ventures in the capial city.

No doubt,the expansion and planned completion of the Boulevard has come at a right time and in the interest of residents who have to move from one location to the other n sarch f premises.Before the advent of the present former FCT administration,traders had no permanent place to buy and sell gods and services.They kept moving from one place to the other until government decides to locate a permanent side for them.What the present FCTA is trying to do,is to consolidate on the commercial hold of the city so that more and more small and medium ,and even big businesses can operate and flourish.

According to experts,"The proposed boulevard/downtown area is approximately 6.5km long by 0.7km wide, with boundaries as Road NS-13/Shehu Shagari Way [by Eagle Square] in the east, Road Z/National Hospital in the west, Road B06/Constitution Avenue in the north and Road B12/Independence Avenue in the south.

However, there are approximately 275 plots already allocated in the proposed development area which are of three categories – fully developed, partially developed and undeveloped".

The FCT Administration is treating the proposed area as an ‘Improvement’ or ‘Special Development’ Area for Rehabilitation/Renewal/Upgrading in accordance with Clauses 79, 80, 81 and 82 of the Nigerian Urban and Regional Planning Law.Each plot will be required to be developed in accordance with the Revised Development Control Regulations which were drafted to ensure international quality standards of the buildings and also achieve certain necessary design criteria such as zero setback of buildings, porticos to provide shade for pedestrians, car parking facilities within the buildings, density controls, height controls, etc.

In the words of the Minister,Dr Aliyu Umar Modibbo,who is so passionate about the project,"We are not bringing something new to our people.We are onlytrying to developed what was started which is in line with the provisions of he Abuja Master Plan.We want to expand the bussinss frontiers of the FCT so as to encourage and make our business men and women more comfortable.No structure will be demolished because the lanes have been there.It is expected to inject new commercial life into not only the people but the city on a scale that will boost productivity and leisure so that Abuja will no longer be the sleeping town it is known for.It will promote initiative instead of the usual craze for government conracts,land speucaltion and the likes".

The proposed scheme will necessitate upgrading of some buildings and perhaps removal of some where it is practically impossible to upgrade. There are some structures in the proposed area like the NNPC which are to a large extent in accordance with the boulevard master plan except that they require additional features to fully make up for or comply with the boulevard concept.So NNPC, contrary to insinuations,, will certainly not go. The NNPC was used as an example of a standard mega-plots planned for the boulevard area. He did not say at anytime that the structures would be removed.

On funding,the ministerhas this to say,"There is also a need for clarification on the issue of the funding of the project and introduction of revised development levies which are clearly linked. The scheme is to be funded through private sector funding which must be paid back. The project must, therefore, necessarily pay back its cost and the FCT Administration’s role here is that of a facilitator – to raise funds from the private sector to finance the construction of the engineering infrastructure comprising the roads [specially designed as ‘boulevards’], power, water, drainage, telecommunications, security systems, parking facilities, etc. The FCT will also facilitate the repayment of the private sector funds by levying the plot owners – beneficiaries of the infrastructure - and such levies will be computed by spreading the total cost of providing the infrastructure over the area of land serviced – whether developed [which will attract betterment levy] or undeveloped [full levy]. All plots within the boulevard area, including government plots belonging to MDAs will be similarly treated. The Administration will, therefore, not out-rightly revoke valid current allocations, contrary to some media reports, but will give a first right of refusal to all existing owners to keep their boulevard plots by paying cost of constructing infrastructure to be collected by the FCTA as development levies. An allottee that is unable, or elects not to pay will be presumed to have opted out of the scheme and given another plot outside the boulevard area. In addition any allottee who has any improvement on his plot will be paid compensation based on the valuation of the improvement.

It is imperative for Nigerians to understand the concept of the Abuja Bulevard,so that they can tap from the legion of opportunities it will provide.We need more of Lagos broad streets in Abuja as the fastest developing capital city inAfrica.It must no be in name,but we must show it in concrete structures and facts.That is why a project like the Boulevard which has been rightly captured in the FCT master plan,should be encouraged to come on board without delay.
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UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA MASTER PLAN.



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Old August 23rd, 2008, 03:40 AM   #18
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abuja is a planned city right, so are thier skyscrapers that comes with the planned city that we haven't heard of ?
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i think the abuja boulevard is going to be too wide at 700 meters
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i think the abuja boulevard is going to be too wide at 700 meters
That is too wide! Possibly they`ll knock down all buildings within that range.
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