Abuja is well known as the capital of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory. But unknown to some, it’s only one out of the local government areas under the FCT.

If you want to know the number of local government areas in Abuja and their names, you’re at the right place.

local government area in abuja fct

Covering a land area of about 7,290 km², the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is divided into six (6) local government areas namely:

  • Abaji Local Government Area
  • Abuja Municipal Local Government Area
  • Bwari Local Government Area
  • Gwagwalada Local Government Area
  • Kuje Local Government Area
  • Kwali Local Government Area

List of Local Government Areas in Abuja

Each LGA in Abuja has an administrative headquarters and executive chairman to manage the affairs of the area council.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) oversees the affairs of all local area councils and is headed by an appointed FCT minister.

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The current FCT Minister is Ezenwo Nyesom Wike. He was appointed by President Bola Tinubu on August 16, 2023, to steer the ship of the Federal Capital Territory. Prior to this current position, Nyesom Wike was the immediate past Governor of Rivers State.

Now, let’s dive in and see all you should know about the local government areas in FCT.

1: Abaji Local Government Area

nestle water plant abaji
Nestle Water Plant, Abaji

Abaji is a local government area in the Federal Capital Territory.

The area sits on a land mass of 992 km² and has a population of 58,642 inhabitants (2006 census). The land of Abaji is home to indigenes of the Hausa, Bassa, Ganagana, and Egbira ethnic groups.

Abaji Leadership

The executive chairman of Abaji Area Council is Hon. Abubakar Umar Abdullahi. He emerged victorious in the FCT area council chairmanship elections and became the chairman of the Abaji Area Council on February 12, 2022, after contesting as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party. You can contact him or the council officials via email: [email protected].

By cultural tradition, Abaji is led by the Ona of Abaji, His Royal Majesty Alhaji (Dr.) Adamu Baba Yunusa. He is a first-class traditional ruler and also the chairman of the FCT Council of Rulers. In 2022, he celebrated 25 years of his ascension to the throne.

Abaji Wards

There are ten (10) wards in Abaji local government area council and they include:

  • Abaji Central
  • Abaji North East
  • Abaji South East
  • Agyana/Pandagi
  • Rimba Ebagi
  • Nuku
  • Alu Mamagi
  • Yaba
  • Gurdi
  • Gawu

Each ward is headed by a councilor and consists of several towns and villages.

Landmarks in Abaji

Abaji has some popular landmarks such as the proposed Abuja University of Technology (AUTA), and the Nestle Water Factory.

The postal code of Abaji is 905101.

2: Abuja Municipal Local Government Area

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Abuja National Mosque, Abuja

Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) is a local government area in the Federal Capital Territory that also serves as Nigeria’s political and administrative capital.

Geographically located in the centre of the country, AMAC is the administrative headquarters of the FCT and has an estimated population of 776,298 inhabitants (2006 census).

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The area is home to the indigenous people of the Gbagyi (Gwari) ethnic group but you’ll find clusters of other tribes including Nupe, Gade, Dibo, Bassa, and Koro residing here.

Abuja Municipal is a well-urbanized area and has been divided into five phases for developmental efforts based on the 1979 Abuja Master Plan.

Each of these five phases contains various districts and neighborhoods.

Examples of districts and towns in Abuja Municipal Area Council include Maitama, Garki, Jabi, Asokoro, Wuse, Wuye, Utako, Gwarinpa, Utako, Lokogoma, Jahi, and more.

Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Leadership

Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) is headed by an elected chairman who oversees the activities of the local government area council. The current executive chairman of AMAC is Hon. Christopher Zakka Maikalangu. You can contact him or reach out to the council officials via email: [email protected].

This position should not be confused with that of the FCT Minister who is appointed by the President of Nigeria and oversees the entirety of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and all area councils in Abuja, FCT.

Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Wards

There are twelve (12) wards in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) and they include:

  • City Centre
  • Garki
  • Kabusa
  • Wuse
  • Gwarinpa
  • Jiwa
  • Gui
  • Karshi
  • Orozo
  • Karu
  • Nyanya
  • Gwagwa

Each ward is headed by a councilor and consists of several districts and towns.

Landmarks in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)

Abuja Municipal hosts a plethora of notable national monuments and landmarks.

Some of them include the Presidential Complex, National Assembly Complex, National Mosque, Central Park, Millennium Park, Jabi Lake, Eagles Square, the Nigerian National Christian Centre, and many more.

The postal code of Abuja is 900001. However, all districts within AMAC in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) use different postal codes.

3: Bwari Local Government Area

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JAMB Office, Bwari

Bwari is one of the six local government area councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Created in 1991, the area council’s name was coined from Bwaya and it has an estimated population of about 229,274 inhabitants (2006 population census).

The Bwari local government area is the predominant ancestral home of the Gbagyi ethnic group of Nigeria.

Bwari Leadership

Administratively, Bwari is headed by an executive chairman. The current chairman of the Bwari Area Council is Hon Dr. John Gabaya. You can reach out to him or send a message to the area council via email: [email protected].

Bwari has a traditional ruler called the Esu (or Sabwaya) of Bwari. The current Esu of Bwari is His Royal Highness (Dr.) Ibrahim Yaro and he is the 17th ruler to ascend the respected throne. As a traditional ruler, he preserves the cultural traditions and beliefs of the Gbagyi natives residing in the area.

There’s a second traditional ruler in the Bwari area council known as the Sarkin Bwari. Alhaji Awwal Ijakoro II is the current Sarkin Bwari, a traditional ruler who took over from his father and ascended the throne in October 2017.

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Bwari Wards

There are ten (10) wards in Bwari and they include:

  • Bwari Central
  • Byazhin
  • Dutse Alhaji
  • Igu
  • Kawu
  • Kubwa
  • Kuduru
  • Shere
  • Ushafa
  • Usuma

Inside these wards, there are several towns and villages such as Bazango Bwari, Gaba, Kubwa, Kukuruku, Barago, Ushafa, and Zuma. Each ward is headed by an elected councilors to oversee its activities.

Landmarks in Bwari

Bwari is host to several notable government institutions and landmarks.

Some of them include the Nigerian Law School, Joint Admission & Matriculation Board (JAMB) HQ, Dorben Polytechnic, Veritas University, Usuma Dam, and Bwari General Hospital.

The postal code of Bwari is 901101.

4: Gwagwalada Local Government Area

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University of Abuja, Gwagwalada

Gwagwalada is a local government area in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The area council was created on 15 October 1984, sits on a land mass of 1043 km², and has a population of about 158,618 inhabitants (2006 census).

Gwagwalada Leadership

The Gwagwalada area council is administratively headed by an executive chairman and the current chairman is Hon. Alhaji Abubakar Jibrin Giri. You can reach out to him or send a message to the area council via email: [email protected].

There are several traditional rulers in Gwagwalada such as the Aguma of Gwagwalada who is His Royal Highness Alhaji Muhammad Magaji. We also have the Agora of Zuba who is His Royal Highness Alhaji Mohammed Bello Umar.

Gwagwalada Wards

There are ten wards in Gwagwalada and they include:

  • Ikwa
  • Zuba
  • Ibwa
  • Dobi
  • Kutunku
  • Tungan Maje
  • Gwako
  • Paiko
  • Staff Quarters
  • Gwagwalada Centre

In these wards, you’ll find popular towns and villages such as Zuba, Ledi, Agota, and Tunga Maje. Each ward is headed by an elected councilor to oversee its activities.

Landmarks in Gwagwalada

Gwagwalada houses a few notable landmarks in the area such as the University of Abuja (mini campus), Zuma Rock, Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital, and School For The Gifted.

The postal code of Gwagwalada is 902101.

5: Kuje Local Government Area

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Kuje Barracks, Kuje

Kuje is a local government area council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Nigeria. The council lies on a landmass of 1,644 km² while having a population of 97,233 (2006 census).

Kuje is a developing area which is located to the west of the central part of Abuja. The area council is commonly referred to as the “food basket of Abuja” mainly due to its vast array of farmlands and greenery.

Kuje Leadership

The current executive chairman of the Kuje area council is Hon. Abdullahi Suleiman Sabo. He oversees all administrative activities of the area council. You can contact him or send a message via email: [email protected].

Traditionally, Kuje is led by the Gomo of Kuje. The current Gomo of Kuje is His Royal Highness Alhaji Haruna T. Jibrin. Other districts in the area council also have their respective traditional heads. Gwargwada is ruled by HRH Alhaji Hussaini A. Mam who is the current Agabe of Gwargwada. Rubochi is ruled by HRH. Ibrahim M. Pada who is the current Sa’Rubochi.

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Kuje Wards

There are 10 Wards in Kuje local government area council and they include:

  • Kuje
  • Chibiri
  • Gaube
  • Kwaku
  • Kabi
  • Rubochi
  • Gwargwada
  • Gudun Karya
  • Kujekwa
  • Yenche

Each ward is headed by a councilor and contains various towns and villages such as Aduga, Agwai, Baban Kurmi, and Damwa.

Landmarks in Kuje

Due to the abundance of farmland and greenery in the area, Kuje has a big bustling market where you can buy a variety of food products, fruits, meat, and more.

There are some notable government institutions here such as the Abuja International Airport and Nigerian Prisons. You’ll also find a host of federal, state (FCT), and private schools such as the Government Secondary School (GSS), Kuje, and Nigeria-Ghana International College.

The postal code of Kuje is 903101.

6: Kwali Local Government Area

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Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre, Kwali

Kwali is a local government area in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The area was created on October 1, 1996, sits on an area of 1,206 km² and has a population of 86,174 (2006 census).

Being the home of the notable potter, Dr. Ladi Kwali, you’ll find a lot of pottery activities going on amongst the indigenous people of Kwali. They also practice other professions such as cloth making, farming, and hunting.

Kwali Leadership

Kwali is administratively headed by an elected chairman. The current executive chairman of the Kwali area council is Hon. Danladi Chiya. He is in charge of all administrative activities in the area council. You can contact him or send a message to the area council via email: [email protected].

Kwali also has traditional rulers who preserve the cultural heritage and beliefs of the area council. The current Etsu of Kwali is His Royal Highness Alhaji Shaban Audu Nizazo.

Kwali Wards

There are ten (10) wards in Kwali local government area council and they include:

  • Kwali
  • Yangoji
  • Pai
  • Kilankwa
  • Dafa
  • Kundu
  • Ashara
  • Gumbo
  • Wako
  • Yebu

Each ward is headed by an elected councilor.

Landmarks in Kwali

Kwali is host to some important government institutions and national monuments such as Ladi Kwali Pottery Centre, National Mathematical Center, Sheda Science & Technology Complex, Nigeria Education Research Development Council, and National Fire Academy.

The postal code of Kwali is 904105.

Final words

So there you have it — the six local government areas in the Federal Capital Territory.

These area councils are the geographic regions that make up the FCT. Each of them is administratively headed by an elected chairman and its district wards are led by a councilor.

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16 Comments

  1. Wow! what a wonderful job. I think this is the best information about FCT. It was very useful in our classroom. Thank you!

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  2. Hafizu lawan says:

    Ilove abaji city

  3. Martha Ojoma Okekwu says:

    Thanks for the details. It is really helpful.

  4. Abdulsalam Jibril says:

    Please is there any updated population of each ward in the Area Councils of the FCT?

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    This is great .I enjoyed knowing more about FCT.

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