Nigeria’s seat of power; Abuja is no doubt a fast growing city and beautiful city. Since the decree establishing Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was signed on the 4th of February, 1976 the “Centre of Unity” have grown in leaps and bound; not forgetting the Midas touch of Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai. Abuja is home to dozens of landmarks of national pride, both natural and architectural.
The FCT is structured into Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and 5 Area councils namely; Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje, and Kwali. Abuja is like the capital while the area councils are like local government areas and ‘governed’ by the FCT Minister. The Abuja master plan is segmented into four (4) phases. Abuja is still in the first phase of this structured developmental plan. However, there are amazing projects currently going on in Abuja that are hard to ignore.
1. Abuja Millennium Tower and Cultural Centre
This tower is a masterpiece; standing at 170 metres (560 ft.), it would be the tallest structure in Nigeria. The Millennium Tower was designed by the world famous Architect Manfredi Nicoletti who also designed the Abuja Millennium Park. This project also includes the pyramid-shaped Nigeria Cultural Centre. These two structures will be linked via an underground arcade.
The tower has just two floors sitting on three cylindrical concrete pillar-like structures varying in height and linked together near the towers first peak using a disc shaped section. There is a restaurant where visitors will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the city under their feet’.
Watch the video below and you will have an idea how it is going to feel like on that tower.
NOTE: This is not a professional video shot. Enjoy!
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. It is often suggested by Nigerian tourism experts that Nigeria ought to develop the infrastructural/architectural aspect of tourism to support what nature has to offer. It will remain to be seen if the Millennium Tower will attract as much visitor as the Eiffel Tower in Paris which attracts about 7 million visitors a year. Salini Nigeria is the building contractor.
Cost: ₦53 billion
2. World Trade Center
The World Trade Centre Abuja is a master-planned, 8-tower complex of international business, luxury residences and upscale shopping is located along Constitution Avenue, across from the prestigious Churchgate (the company handling the project) Plaza in the Central Business Area of Abuja. World Trade Centre Abuja will be an iconic symbol of Nigeria’s economic strength in world commerce and make it one of the most recognizable landmark sites among the nearly 300 World Trade Centres in the world.
Only 132 bespoke residences will be available for purchase with lavish layouts ranging from 1 – 3 bedrooms as well as several alluring Penthouses from the residential towers of the project. Also a five-star hotel with a full suite of amenities and accommodations, including 250 exquisite bedrooms and suites, fine dining restaurants and bars, private rooms for conferences and entertaining, an indoor swimming pool, large state-of-the-art gym, and a spa.
Construction of Tower 1 and Tower 2 are currently underway. Construction commenced January 2011.
Cost: ₦156 billion
For more info visit www.wtcabuja.com
3. Jabi Lake Mall
Jabi Lake Mall will be the first of its kind in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, offering 25,000 square metres of grade-A shopping space from a unique waterside location on the shores of Jabi Lake. It is sited on the scenic eastern shore of Jabi Lake, a natural body of water in the Jabi district of Abuja. When completed, it will be the 2nd largest shopping mall in Nigeria after the Palms shopping mall in Lagos which will occupy 40,000 square metres when the extension is completed.
The double level mall will feature contemporary architecture, with vibrant colour and pattern concepts throughout. Restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets will surround a stunning triple height promotion court with a feature staircase. Outdoors, a lakeside boardwalk and entertainment area will offer a restaurant and café environment and exceptional views over the water.
The project is a JV by Actis, Laurus Development Partners and Duval Properties Limited.
Watch this video teaser.
Cost: $130.2 million (Estimate)
For more info, Visit: www.jabilakemall.com
4. The Centenary City
Save the best for the last they say, the Centenary City is the most ambitious. The project was put forward to mark Nigeria’s 100 years anniversary in January 1, 2014 and build a smart city like Dubai, Monaco and Singapore
The project is handled by the world renowned developer, Eagle Hills and it is to be completed over 10 years. There are many specially designed facilities that make up this futuristic project which include the following:
- Africa Tower
- The Mall of Nigeria
- Nigeria Heritage Park
- International Commercial Centre
- Amusement Park
- An Eighteen (18) Golf Course
- The Address Residential, Hotels and Resort
Work has commenced in the first phase of the project with The Address and Residence, a hotel and resort.
Cost: $180.6 billion
For more info, visit: www.centenarycity.com
In conclusion, there are other projects going on such as the Abuja Monorail but these are some that caught my fancy. These projects will provide jobs for Nigerians, further cement Nigeria’s place as an investment destination and assist in our ambition as one of the world top 20 economies by the year 2020. The big question is; will these projects make Abuja an inclusive city or just an haven for the rich?
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