Saturday, 30 March 2013

Sightseeing in Abuja and Lagos!

Hi there!

My name is Liesbeth, one of the four management assistants who is going to inform you about our trip.
When we arrived at the national airport of Abuja, which name is too difficult to pronounce (Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport) it felt like I was going to melt! It was so hot, I just wanted to drink a few litres of water! And, like CĂ©lestine said, it was a real culture shock. I did not know what to expect, but I knew one thing, Nigeria was a country so different than a western country. We drove to our hotel where we could unpack our suitcases and fresh up. After a long and good shower and our first meeting, we decided to go to the city. I heard that Nigeria offered a lot of beautiful buildings. Of course, we could not visit all those buildings in one day so we decided to visit the buildings in Abuja first and then travel on to Lagos, another big city. Here is an overview of the buildings we visited.
We visited the four towers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Abuja. It are amazing buildings and modern too. They are also very high, 75 metres! The buildings are used for people who work at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNC).The government employs those people to work for the petroleum industry in Nigeria. I took a photograph, that you can find bellow:

After spending a lot of time in that neighbourhood, we had to go to our second meeting about the ‘importance of petroleum and oil in Nigeria’. That is the main industry in Nigeria, the most important one. It was very tiring because the air conditioning was not working and they had to open the windows. We could hear the noise from the busy streets so it was very hard to focus.
The next day, we had a meeting in the afternoon, so we went to the Central Bank of Nigeria in the morning. This building is also a very impressive! I had to take a photo of that building and share it with you because it really is worth visiting!

After our three days in Abuja, we went to Lagos where we visited the NITEL Building. This building is used for several goals: it has offices, it has a communication purpose and it is used as a lighthouse. It counts 160 metres and has 32 floors.

The next day, we had a very interesting meeting about the environmental problems in Nigeria. Oil and petroleum are the most important industries in Nigeria. But it has also a lot of disadvantages. It is very damaging for the environment and for the Niger Delta river, fish and aquatic plants. I hope that we can find a solution to make the most important industry in Nigeria less harmful.
When I was sitting in a park that afternoon, I was thinking about all the impressions that week. I was thinking about all the poverty, about children and older people begging for money or food, to see that those people almost live on the streets… It was hard to see those people struggle. I hope that one day, the poverty in Nigeria (it has the largest number of people who are poor, comparing to other countries in Africa) will decrease!
Talk to you later!


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