Abuja in 1991 was chosen as the capital of Nigeria and for the past 26 years, Abuja has grown to be one of the most beautiful states in Nigeria and also stands as the only planned city in Nigeria. Abuja was selected as the capital of Nigeria because it is the geographical centre of Nigeria.
I and my friends were in the class one day when one of our lectures mentioned that Katampe Hill in Abuja where the Aso Radio is located, is the geographical centre of Nigeria. So, I said to myself any day I step my foot in the capital city, I must visit this symbolic natural landmark.
In late October, my friend Emereonye Christiana and her little cousin visited this natural landmark many claimed to be the geographical centre of Nigeria. We took a taxi from Dutse Alhaji to the base of the hill and began the real hiking which was tedious and tiring.
When we get to the top of the hill, we began to search for the spot that was marked as the center of Nigeria. It took us a little time to discover the exact spot that was marked as the center of Nigeria. We were happy we found the spot but at the same time sad because we were expecting to see a Nigeria flag or something remarkable used to mark the spot.
Apart from the fact that Katampe hill is marked as the center of Nigeria, the hill is a very good spot to have a clear view of Abuja city. You can see the Jabi lake very clear, Bwari and Aso Rock etc.
From what I saw and all that I have read online about Katampe hill, I can conclude that Katampe hill is an abounded natural attraction in Abuja. The hill should have proper publicity and the Nigerian flag should be on top of the spot. Many people would be happy to visit the hill if someone tells them that the hill is the centre of Nigeria. I asked some guys that came for a picnic on top of the hill if they knew where they are? They all said no but when I explained to them, they were very happy when I told them that they are in the geographical center of Nigeria. I took them to the spot and they started snapping and tagging. I think the government needs to do more work on the hill.
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