Tanzania takes cue from Nigeria and South Africa

Tanzania's move to shift its capital city from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma mirrors what South Africa and Nigeria have already successfully done.
Nigeria took close to two decades to effect a shift from Lagos to Abuja after completing the design, planning and infrastructural upgrade to accommodate government departments and workers.

As at 1991, Lagos was the seat of power of Nigeria and served as both a political and economic capital for Africa’s second largest economy. However, due to its lack of room for expansion, then president Ibrahim Babangida actualised the 1971 plan by military leader General Murtala Mohammed to move the capital to Abuja.

In the two decades before the move, planning and architectural executives had worked on an extensive city plan for Abuja that envisioned two zones: A central zone with government buildings and cultural institutions on broad avenues and residential and shopping zones.

In 1980, the government, while still operating from Lagos, started Abuja’s construction. Within five years, water supply, 525 schools, health care facilities, and public transport that could accommodate one million people had been put in place.

In the next three years, the airport and a university were in place. In 1990, the government announced a public private partnership with housing developers to put up living quarters not only for government workers but also the public.

South Africa has three capital cities, with Pretoria as the administrative capital and home to the President and Cabinet; Cape Town as the legislative capital, and Johannesburg the financial capital of the country.
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