Abuja, the capital of Nigeria and seat of government, is one city every Nigerian strives to visit and possibly settle in as there is the assumption that the city holds lucrative financial opportunities for all and sundry.No doubt, Abuja is metropolitan and has a lot to offer in the area of business, leisure and even culture; Abuja hotels are also some of the best in the county. However, there are certain unique truths that every person planning to migrate to Abuja should keep in mind.
RENT IS EXPENSIVE:
Abuja is one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria, but the cost of living is very high. It is even more expensive than Lagos when it comes to housing and rent. For younger people who are unpaid interns
Or have entry level professional jobs and are supporting themselves, the city is pricey and it may be difficult to find a good area to live in within the city that will meet your budget. In fact, half a year’s
Pay will likely go towards a shoebox-sized mini flat somewhere far from the city’s center.
THE WEATHER CAN BE EXTREME:
Abuja may be mid-central, but the weather is similar to the weather in other Northern regions and the temperatures are usually at the extremes. The city experiences three weather conditions annually,
including a warm, humid rainy season and an extremely hot dry season. In between these seasons, is a short period of harmattan accompanied by the North East Trade Wind, with the main feature of dust haze, intensified cold and dryness. The high altitudes and rolling terrain of the FCT act as moderating influence on the weather of the territory. If you hate extreme heat and cold equally, you maybe want to think about living elsewhere.
TRANSPORTATION IS SURPRISINGLY AFFORDABLE: For a city that is as sophisticated and elitist like Abuja, it is surprising to find that transportation is well structured, organized and super affordable. At least when compared to cities of similar caliber like Lagos and Port Harcourt where the minimum rate for taxi
Cabs is N 1,000, one can get a well-conditioned cab for as low as N200 for a short distance trip in Abuja.
THE BEST HOTELS IN NIGERIA ARE EASILY IN ABUJA:
One major attribute Abuja boasts of is its possession of the best hotels in the country. Since Abuja is the capital city of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is a den of international businessmen, power
Brokers, diplomats, lobbyists and many others. There are several top hotels in Abuja that cater for businessmen and government officials. Hotels like Sheraton and the Transcorp Hilton which are both 5 Star Hotels are decked with tremendous levels of luxury and comfort as far has hospitality is concerned.
BY SOPHIE AIGBOMIAN.