The cost of accommodation, transportation fares, food and cloths’ prices has a great effect in determining the influx of people into a particular area. Power supply, good road network, closeness to market places, financial institutions, relaxation spots, schools, hospitals, security establishments, and other social amenities, are major factors when people are looking for a place to call their home.
The popular perception about a city like Abuja is that people think that it is a place for ‘only the rich, influential and famous’. The fact is that in truth, there are several highbrow areas in the capital city, but, so much more, there are also parts of the city that is inhabited by the regular folks, i.e., the low and high income earners, the middle and the lower class. Regardless of the amount you have in your bank account, there is a place for you in the metropolis.
The cheapest accommodations can be found in the suburbs. These outskirts are located in different parts of the city, but, we are going to concentrate on five of them, all encompassed in the Abuja Municipal Area Council.
Jikwoyi is one of the suburbs under the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC. Unlike some of the environs in the city, most of the roads are tarred. This has eased mobility, giving the inhabitants access to other parts of the capital. There are financial institutions such as banks in the area, several government parastatals, small and medium scale businesses, organized market buildings, schools, filling stations, supermarkets, plazas, hospitals; both private and government owned, hotels, bars and restaurants.
The cost of accommodation in Jikwoyi is reasonable cheap. The fluctuation in prices is largely determined by how far or near the building is to the major road. A self-contained apartment is as low as N60, 000 and as high as N100, 000. A one-bedroom flat is as low as N80, 000 and as high as N200, 000. A two-bedroom flat is as low as N150, 000 and as high as N350, 000.
There is constant power supply, availability of water, and nearness to major market places, e.g., Karu Market, Karu and Orange Market, Maraba. The cost of foodstuff is very low, unlike other parts of the capital city. Most people living in the posh part of town come all the way from the elite areas, such as, Asokoro and Maitama, come to these markets to make purchase.
Karshi is very close to Jikwoyi. A suburb with its own distinction. The original occupants of these area are known for their occupation. Most of them are farmers, hunters or into blacksmithing. The inflow of people into this district has encouraged the establishment of better roads, provision of water, constant power supply, schools, hotels, market places and other money-making small and medium scale businesses.
The rush for lands to build individual homes has made the cost to go up a bit, but it is still affordable. The prices are as low as N500, 000 and as high as N2.5 million. Self-contain apartments, one, two, three-bedroom flats are as low as N80, 000 and as high as N450, 000.
The Kpegyi area is equally close to Jikwoyi, but closer to Karshi. It has a traditional ruler who oversees the community affairs and the native people in general. This part of the metropolis is lined with magnificent houses, buildings and structures.
The community is almost surrounded by huge rocks and hills that invariably control the atmospheric condition of the area. During the rainy season, the region tends to become extra chilly, due to the natural surroundings. The heat waves that comes with the dry season are usually brought to a mild temperature during the day, because of the hills and rocks around which blocks most of the heat and create a cool ambiance after sunset.
Power supply in this area is okay. Access to water is constant and the availability of foodstuff is frequent, and at very cheap rates. Closeness to market places is also a plus for the inhabitants living in the environ.
You can get self-contain apartments for the price of N50, 000 – N70, 000, one, two, three-bedroom flats for as low as N90, 000 and as high as N350, 000. The cost of land is relatively low, depending on the size one desires. It is as low as N350, 000 and as high as N1.5 million.
Kurudu and Orozo
Kurudu and Orozo environs can be termed as a conglomerate of estates. These districts have one of the highest numbers of estates in the suburbs.
It is outlined by tarred roads, hotels, hospitals, schools, market places, filling stations, plazas, government parastatals, private businesses, security firms, and several other social amenities.
It is a wonder that people in the high-class areas come all the way to put their wards in the schools in these communities, especially the boarding schools.
Foodstuff, cloths and services are very cheap in these parts. Some of the market places have special days they open to the community. The markets are opened daily, but, on these special days, varieties of goods and services are displayed at low rates.
The sales of landsare relatively affordable, costing below N500, 000 and higher than N1.5 million. Houses for rent are also as low as N100, 000 and as high as N650, 000.
Many government parastatals built estates in these parts and give the houses out to their staff at very low cost. It is not a coincidence to find a lot of civil servants who have their own homes in these region.
The federal government also have a plan to link the road network of these side of the city to the major roads within the city, creating access and mobility for all occupants and outsiders. It will also subdue the incessant traffic on some of the roads leading to the suburbs.
This initiative is going to open up these communities, and it is believed that the suburbs might become the next phase of posh areas in the federal capital territory.