Bwari Town: a case study of putrefaction personified

Bwari Area Council is one of the six area councils created as local government units of the Abuja Federal Capital Territory. It is the closest to the city centre in terms of geographical contiguity and largest in terms of land mass and population density.

Its headquarters is in the village of Bwari from where the name derived. In cognizance of this status, few federal government agencies and institutions are located there. It is host to many people, who cannot afford rent or ownership of houses in the city centre.


Its atmospheric condition is conducive all year round and the relatively low crime rate attracts people in drove. In addition, the threat of demolition that always hangs on residents of satellite settlement areas in Abuja like the sword of Damocles escalates the influx lately.


Conversely, the blight on the alluring attributes of this gentrified village is the degree of decay in its environment. The clustered native mud hut that has been giving way to corrugated iron sheets roof building line up harp-hazardly within the unplanned limited space accommodating residential and business buildings.

Sanitation is a tall order here as narrow gutters overflow with liquid waste from the numerous overcrowded compounds with many tenants and shops. Solid waste too finds abode at different corners in heaps within the village.


It is apparent that Bwari village is going through rural urban gentrification, but needs the attention of the Area Council works, health and sanitation departments to mobilize residents to embark on weekly or monthly sanitation exercise to uplift the look of the village.


The FCTA stands indicted here for its failure to alleviate the poor condition of social infrastructure in Bwari Area Council generally and Bwari village in particular. There is an urgent need for speedy action to avert the impending outbreak of epidemic, which the offensive putrefaction symbolizes. It is a psychological validated empirical fact that; where human beings are confined by circumstance or social economic status to a limited geographical space, other social variables could play into the innate conflict relationship to trigger conflagration of any coloration. Such scenario as it were plays out as a testimony to the inherent evil exploitative and oppressive characteristics of Capitalism and its derivative bourgeoisie democracy.

Comr. A. A. Ogbu, National Convener, GFCAI writes from Abuja FCT