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10 Things you need to know before you move to Abuja permanently

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The country, Nigeria is becoming one that is most sought-after. The ongoing development in Nigeria has made the country attractive to so many investors and those seeking for work.

Nigeria has a lot of beautiful cities, and most of the foreigners who visit Nigeria lived in these cuties,  particularly, the popular and attractive seat of power in Nigeria, Abuja.

Supposed you are making plans to move to  Abuja in Nigeria, that is a good plan you are making. Having said that, if your plan is to actually move to Abuja permanently, it is important then, that you know much about the city before you make the move.

What are the things you need to know before you move to Abuja permanently? You may ask, this shall be my focus in this article.

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Things To Know Before Moving To Abuja Permanently:

The following are some things you need to know before you move to Abuja permanently, and l will be giving about 10 of those things you need to know.

1. Accommodation Is Expensive In Abuja:

Supposed you are planning to move to Abuja permanently, be ready to pay so much for accommodation. Ordinarily, landlords in every part of Nigeria, will require you to pay at least, two years up front, before you can be handed over the house keys, and Abuja is not an exemption.

After that, you are expected to also pay the agency fee of 20 percent, which is calculated out of your total amount paid for your rent.

Accommodation is expensive in Abuja, and was, in 2018, by Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey, ranked the 99th. It was a survey that was used to compare the costs of living in different cities across the world.

2. Transport ls Affordable ln Abuja:

For many persons who visit Abuja, maybe for work, their employers may provide them with official cars and also drivers for their use. And, if that is never the case, you are not expected to have any problem in terms of moving about in Abuja.

Apart from Lagos, which is considered the most popular city in the country, Abuja is well planned with a good network of roads, and these roads connect every major city in Abuja.

These network of roads are said to have wide lanes, which means, there are few traffic jams in Abuja. Supposed you do not own a car, there are taxis, and these taxis are very cheap.

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3. Always Carry Your Cash In Abuja:

Just like other cities across the world, Abuja and any other city in Nigeria always believes in cash transactions, although, the government is trying to create a cashless society.

Nevertheless, it is important for you to always travel with some cash with you, even when you are with your credit or debit cards.

Most times, cab drivers, and local shops, and artisans, including many businesses may not actually have some necessary machines to accept cash transaction.

Most Nigerians have this inherent distrust of the banking system and they love to receive payments in cash. So, if you go out and you do not carry cash, you are likely to encounter some difficulty in getting some things done.

4. Healthcare ls Minimal At Best In Abuja:

In Abuja, many employers will have an in-house health system for their employees, and you are expected to use this facility anytime you are sick.

If there is no health scheme in your workplace, do not just rush to any hospital around, just make sure you ask first.

The reason is that a number of the drugs that are sold in pharmacies and also in drugstores are said ti be counterfeit, and if you take such drugs, they may help in escalating your health problem.

5. Abuja Is A Place For Entertainment:

Although, Abuja is not exactly like Lagos when it comes to entertainment, the city has so much to offer in this regard.

In Abuja, you will find most of the best hotels and these hotels, most of them are expensive. In Abuja, you will see dozens of these great hotels, these hotels cater for locals, and experts, and diplomats, including government officials; which means you can connect with people in most of these hotels.

There is entertainment and sightseeing and nightlife in Abuja. There are a lot of things to do there, a lot of places to visit and a lot of fun to have in Abuja.

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6. Abuja Is Safe: 

Abuja is safe just like most countries in the world. Although, a few northern states in the country have been inflicted with the activity of terrorists, but not in Abuja.

Besides, such a problem is declining as a result of the efforts by the Nigerian military to overcome terrorists. Persons who visit Abuja can walk the streets of the city without any fear, and with the basic safety precautions, they can be calmed and explore the wonders of the city of Abuja.

7. Get Ready For A Meaty And Spicy Time In Abuja: 

In Abuja, you are likely to find all kinds of food you may want to eat, whether it is Indian food, or Japanese food, or American food, or French food, or Chinese food.

All these foods are available in Abuja, therefore, you do not have any cause to be worried. But where is that fun, if you come to Abuja, and you are not enjoying all these foods of your choice?

In fact, almost every food in Abuja is flavourful and also they are spicy and hot. However, some places will love to make sure that the pepper level of your food is tamed if you give them the go ahead.

8. Religion Is Part Of Everyday Life In Abuja:

Abuja residents are tolerant of every kind of religion. And, people there, are not fun of separating their religious activities from their own work lives.

Although Abuja is a secular city, almost 40 per cent of the population are Christian, while the other portion, which is 60 percent are identified as Muslim.

Moreover,  traditional religions have also tried to survive interspersed among the big two, Christianity and Islam.

There is also some other religious sect in Abuja. The Abuja city is well decorated with churches and also with mosques. These are places in Abuja, you can have a more robust experience.

9. Abuja Is Hot And Humid:

If your plan is to move to Abuja, you are making a good decision if all that you desire is a place, where there is sunshine, because, throughout the year, Abuja is hot and humid.

Abuja is generally warm. Although the weather varies, Anuja does not snow, but the city is often warm, and it rains in Abuja.

And because of high humidity, Abuja is much hotter and many residents of the city relied on air-conditioners in their cars, and houses as well as, in their offices in order to avoid a kind of sticky sweatiness which is caused by the weather. Residents however are warm, and friendly and loud.

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10. Abuja Residents Are Flamboyant People:

Abuja residents are flamboyant kind of people: In Abuja, big houses are considered big, and parties are loud and even weddings are extravagant when compared to other cities in the country.

Abuja residents are flamboyant people and often time, you will see them displaying their own wealth in an innocuous manner.

Weddings that are done in Abuja have a life of their own and there are creative tour operators now in the city, for example, TVP Adventures, who usually offers packages so that you can experience a firsthand wedding or you experience a typical ‘owambe’ party. Imagine the experiences you could have if you decide to move to Abuja permanently.

Conclusion:

The ongoing development in Nigeria has made the country attractive to so many investors and those seeking for work.

Nigeria has a lot of beautiful cities, and most of the foreigners who visit Nigeria lived in these cuties,  particularly, the popular and attractive seat of power in Nigeria, Abuja.

Supposed you are making plan to move to Abuja in Nigeria, that is a good plan you are making. And if that is your plan, it is important then, that you know much about the city before you make the move

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