FCT - ABUJA Baseline Data
Abuja the new capital of Nigeria came into existence by virtue of the Federal
Capital Territory Act, of 1976. The Territory covers a total land area of
approximately 8,000 square kilometers and it is presently made up of 6 Area
Councils – Municipal, Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Kwali. Though FCT
was created in 1976, development activities did not start until early 1980 and the
seat of the Federal Government finally shifted from Lagos to Abuja in 1991.
Since the movement of the Federal Administration to Abuja in 1991, several
efforts have been geared towards the development of the entire area by
government and other development interventionist groups.
One key demographic characteristic of the FCT is that over 60% of its populace
still lives in the rural areas across the 6 Area Councils. Secondly, in spite of
various efforts to bring development to all parts of the FCT, there are immense
difficulties arising from the absence of a coherent body of information and data
on which to base intervention decisions.
In addition, various development efforts
are difficult to measure because of lack of community baseline to form
benchmark for growth and development progress over time.
It is in order to address the problem of unreliable statistics and data that the
Millennium Development Goals Conditional Scheme (MDGCGS) embarked on
baseline information gathering on all the communities in FCT.
The main objective
of the exercise was to develop a comprehensive data base of information on
social, economic and infrastructural needs of all the communities within the FCT
in order to provide a basis for intervention, monitoring and evaluation of FCT’s
A team of consultants was identified who developed a participatory information
gathering template covering the scope of the assignment.
FCT-Abuja Baseline Data
Baseline Data 2009 (New)
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