Federal Capital Territory (Abuja)

Created on December 12, 1991, Abuja state covers a total area of 713 km2 (275 sq mi) and has a total population of 1,405,201 as at the 2006 census. With an average population density of 71970/km2 (5109/sq mi) and a total GDP (2010) of $11,448 Million.

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria. It is located in the centre of Nigeria, within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Abuja is a planned city, and was built mainly in the 1980s. It officially became Nigeria's capital on 12 December 1991, replacing Lagos. The population of Abuja's Urban Area as at 2012 is 1,405,201, making it the fourth largest urban area in Nigeria only surpassed by Lagos, Kano and Ibadan, while Port Harcourt's urban area which is projected to be almost 2,000,000 is the fifth most populous urban area in Nigeria.

The FCT is strategically situated in the centre of the country. It lies above the hot and humid low lands of the Niger and Benue rivers, north of the alluvial plains formed by the confluence of the two rivers. The Jema's platform, a continuation of the Jos Plateau, extends well into the middle of the territory. Within the geographical context, the Federal Capital Territory consists of a tilted plain rising from an elevation of 300 feet in the south-west corner to above 2,000 feet at the north-east corner. Rising out of this tilted plain are numerous rocky knobs and several ranges of low mountains.


FCT Minister

Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed (born 5 October 1958) was elected Senator for Bauchi South, in Bauchi State, Nigeria in April 2007. He was appointed Minister of FCT (Federal Capital Territory) on 6 April 2010, when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan announced his new cabinet.