Federal Capital Territory Administration

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is the area that hosts Abuja. It was carved out in 1976 from parts of Nasarawa, Niger, and Kogi States in the central part of Nigeria.

The Federal Capital Territory is governed by a Minister (appointed by the President) who heads the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA.

The FCTA was created on 31st December 2004; before the creation of FCTA, the territory was governed by the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory (MFCT).

The Minister of FCT is Muhammadu Bello

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA ) has seven administrative structures called secretariats.  Each secretariat is headed by an Executive Secretary (ES). The  Executive Secretaries report to the Permanent Secretary.

They Secretariats are;

• Education secretariat

• Transport Secretariat

• Agriculture and Rural Dev.

• Health and Human Services

• Social development Secretariat

• Legal Services Secretariat

• Area Council secretariat


The FCT is divided into six administrative units known as area councils. The area councils are administered by elected Chairmen.

They Area Councils are;

The area councils are equivalents of Local government areas in other states of Nigeria. The area councils are headed by elected chairmen.

Towns in Abuja Municipal Area council includeLugbe, Nyanya, Giri, Karshi, Karshi, Gausa, Aviation Village, Deidei, Karu, Kurudu, Orozo, Gude, Odu, Kuruduma, Kpaduma, Kugbo, Wasa, Jikoyi, Jiwa, Apo Tafyi, Kyami.Wawa, Kpegyi, Apo and Gurku.

UN Chief, Ban Ki-Moon with FCTA Perm Sec, Engr John Chukwu in Abuja

Permanent Secretary FCTA, Engr John Chukwu presenting Salah Gift to President Muhammadu Buhari at Aso Rock.

 FCT's Ministers From Creation..

  • John Jatau Kadiya, 1979–1982
  • Iro Abubakar Dan Musa, 1982–1983
  • Haliru Dantoro, 1983–1984
  • Mamman Jiya Vatsa, 1984– 1985
  • Hamza Abdullahi, 1986–1989
  • Gado Nasko, 1989–1993
  • Jeremiah Timbut Useni, 1993–1998
  • Mamman Kontagora, 1998–1999
  • Ibrahim Bonu, 1999–2001
  • Mohammed Abba Gana, 2001–2003
  • Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, 2003–2007
  • Aliyu Modibo, 2007–2008
  • Adamu Aliero, 2008–2010
  • Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, 2010 - 2015


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Gwagwalada Area Council

Gwagwalada, the Area Council headquarters is about 25 minutes’ drive from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and about 45minutes to the City center. It is along the Abuja – Lokoja expressway. It is easily accessible to other bordering Area Councils such as Kuje, Abaji, Abuja municipal and Suleja in Niger State.


Public utilities such as road networks, portable water supply, electricity, telephone services are available in Gwagwalada Area Council.  Gwagwalada has the presence of important FCT and Federal institutions such as University of Abuja, specialist hospital, Custom, Immigration and Prison pension board, Sharia court of Appeal, FCT School of Nursing, FCT College of Education etc. Also, there are several branches of commercial banks operating within the Area Council.

Gwagwalada has a number of historical relics and tourist attractions such as the Dadabiri hills, Tsauni hills, Wumi Natural forest, Giri pottery center, Traditional weaving centers at Angwa Teshi and Calabash centers at Zuba and Gwagwalada.

 Gwagwalada in the FCT master plan has been designated as the Industrial zone of the territory thereby making the place conducive for the location of industries.

Abaji Area Council

The Abaji Area Council has a total land area of about 1,100 square kilometers with a population of over 46,600 inhabitants based on 2006 population census. It is the first part of FCT when driving into Abuja from Lokoja.

The resident ethnic groups of the area include Egbira, Ganagana, Gbagyi, Bassa, Hausa and a significant population of other ethnic groups from all over Nigeria. They are predominantly farmers, hunters, fishermen, and traders.

The Area Council is made up of 10 (ten) Political wards; Abaji North East, Abaji South East, Abaji Central, Nuku /Sabon Gari, Agyana / Pandagi, Rimba/Ebagi, Alu/Mamagi, Yaba, Gurdi and Gawu.

Bwari Area Council

Bwari Area Council (BAC) is located at the North East of the Federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja. It can be accessed from the Abuja – Kubwa expressway. The road to Bwari headquarters in on the right just before Kubwa when coming from the city center.

The area council hosts some federal institutions, these include, the Nigerian Law School Headquarters, Nigeria Defence College, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and usuma Dam.

Bwari is made up of several and diverse ethnic groups such as Gbagyi, Koro, Fulani and other minority migrants in the area. Because people of Bwari are predominantly farmers.The people of Bwari mostly live in sparsely populated settlements. 

Kuje Area Council

Kuje Area Council comprises the former Kuje and Rubochi Development Areas, these were merged in November, 1987 to form Kuje area council.  Kuje can be accessed from the city center via the Musa Yaradua Expressway, the road to Kuje is on the left just before the airport junction.


The Area Council comprises of about one hundred and sixty two (162) Communities, widely spread within a land mass of about 1,800 square kilometer and a population of over four hundred and twenty thousand (420,000) (2006 census). Unfortunately, most of these communities are not accessible by motor car due to poor road network and the rocky terrain of the Area, also, some are not accessible during raining season with even motor cycle because of big rivers and streams without Bridges.


Kwali Area Council

Kwali Area Council is located in the South Western part of the Federal Capital Territory. It occupies total landmass of about 1,700.400 square kilometers.


The estimated population of the Area Council is 250,000 from the 2006 Census. The settlement pattern is disperse with the indigenous cluster type of settlement mainly in Kwali town, Yebu, Leda, Danagana, Ashara, Sheda, Dabi, Pai, etc . the main ethnic groupings include the Gbagis, Ganagana, Basa, Hausa, Fulani and a sprinkling of other ethnic groups.