Life in Niger state is generally one of ease. Waking up in the morning with your family, saying the prayers and then making arrangements for the day. You can take all the time you want because, unlike Lagos where you have to wake up and leave your house around 3am, the road networks in the developed parts of Niger state are in good condition and traffic is not so critical.
This article attempts to clarify the myth about The Cost of Living in Niger state. Perhaps you’re faced with the possibility of coming to Niger state and staying for a while (either as a student, an employee on transfer, a newly wedded couple, or just an individual looking to explore new opportunities) and you can’t stop wondering about the cost of living in Niger state, then relax, worry not; you’re at the right place. In this article, you’ll get to know the exact cost of living of specific places in Niger state.
For the skeptical mind wondering
“Why on earth will I want to stay in Niger state?”
Well, it will interest you to know that Niger state has an airport, 3 Major commercial districts (Minna, Suleja and Bida), a Federal University of Technology (one of five in Nigeria), a state university, a Federal Polytechnic, etc. The state has borders with 6 other states (Abuja, Kaduna, Kwara, Kogi, Zamfara and Kebbi); making it one of the states with the most neighbors in Nigeria.
All these qualities demonstrate the type of civilization in Niger state which is one of the best in Nigeria.
In deciding the cost of living of Niger state, the factors considered include:
- Market Prices of Products and Services: This ranges from the price of Petrol at pump price (which usually determines the cost of other goods and services in Nigeria), the prices of food stuffs and other market products, the average transportation costs from one location to another, etc.
- Cost of Getting Desired House: This includes the average rent for houses, the cost of purchasing a plot of land, cost of labour and building materials, cost of mounting adequate security agents and measures, portable drinking water and electricity.
- Cost of Schooling for prospective students in Minna, as well as parents who wish to enrol their children in schools, cost of medical facilities, etc. These highlighted factors are all pointers indicative of the cost of living of a place.
Let’s have a look at the cost of living in the commercial cities in Niger state.
Cost of Living In Minna: Minna is the administrative headquarters of Niger state, and the most developed city. It boasts of modern facilities and infrastructure such as public and private schools, hospitals, an airport, an air force base, military barrack, a Federal University of Technology, etc. Minna has GRAs and well priced residential areas; you get to pick your preferred location based on your financial ability. I would say, the cost of living in Minna city is average, compared to other places in Nigeria. The price of foodstuffs drops significantly in the harvest season and rise to the roof in the planting season. A cheap house for rent can be below N20,000; an average one is found between N50,000 and N80,000 while those on the high end range between N85,000 and above. Most of such houses have their own water system and constant electricity supply (depending on the area the house is located). The cost of transportation from one point to another is generally cheap and affordable and Minna is not an expensive place to live; unless you have very high tastes.
Cost of Living in Bida: Bida is another important and interesting place in Niger state. The predominant population there are students of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida. The place is a city of some sorts. Life here is not expensive at all; although one cannot expect the full privileges of city life like you’ll find in Minna, Bida still holds its own in its unique attractions and remains one of the most affordable places in Niger state. The cost of living here is even lower than in Minna because most people living in Bida are involved in farming (crop and animal production).
Getting a decent place to stay, or land to develop is not difficult at all. Bida remains underpopulated till today and the lands you’ll find find are way cheaper than those of Minna.
Cost of living in Suleja: This is the most popular business district in Niger state. Suleja has a higher cost of living due to its proximity to Abuja; although in comparison with Abuja, the cost of living is extremely lower. You don’t find any university, polytechnic, airport, or other facilities that are present in Minna (Minna being the city center of Niger state) but what you’ll find is a bubbling commercial centre. Suleja is a better option for those working in Abuja (your family can stay in Suleja while you work in Abuja) if one can afford the transportation costs of going to and fro Suleja and Abuja.
Other areas of Niger state (Kontagora, Paiko, Shiroro, Kainji, etc) are not as developed as the 3 mentioned above and the cost of living in these places are extremely cheaper.
In summary, Niger state has just 3 locations that are well developed: Minna, Suleja and Bida. All facilities and qualities of urban life can be seen here. The cost of living also depends on the area. Some areas are well developed with tared roads, portable water, schools, hospitals, banks, modern markets, etc. The houses are also well built. Although these places are the most expensive in Niger state, compared to other neighboring states (Abuja and Kaduna), Niger state remains less costly.
A large population of the rural dwellers in Niger state are farmers living simple lives. Niger state is one of the safest States for foreigners in Nigeria (you can read on the 5 most peaceful states in Northern Nigeria). The indigenous tribes (mostly Nupe, Gbagyi or Gwari) are very peaceful and accommodating. The state also has no record of interethnic or interreligious crisis.
Whether you’re a real estate developer, a student looking to pursue an education in Niger state, a young entrepreneur or family man /woman looking to establish in Niger state, you’re in the green because the cost of living is lower in Niger state than other neighboring state and real estate properties are readily available and affordable.