The Federal Government has honoured eminent Nigerians and other accomplished Africans by naming major streets in Asokoro Extension, Guzape, Wupa, Wuye and Maitama Extension districts as well as expressways and roads after them.
The Federal Capital Territory Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, who disclosed this during the FCT Executive Committee meeting held at his Life Camp, Gwarinpa official Residence, on Monday, reeled out the names of the honorees as:
President Goodluck Jonathan,
Vice President Namadi Sambo,
former Vice President Atiku Abubakar,
former Senate President, late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo,
former Speaker of House of Representatives and Katsina State Governor-elect, Hon. Aminu Bello Masari,
former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Dahiru Musdapha,
Business moguls, Femi Otedola, Aliko Dangote and several others.
The soon-to-be commissioned Inner Southern Expressway which dissects Abuja city centre was named after President Jonathan while the longest Wuye district boulevard express road measuring 1,730 metres was named after Abubakar. Another major road in the same district was named after Sambo.
According to a statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Nosike Ogbuenyi, other prominent personalities also honoured by naming streets after them in Asokoro extension district extension include:
former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Anan,
South African anti-Apartheid activist, late Walter Sisulu,
former President of Sudan, Gaafar al-Nimeiry,
former Minister of State for FCT, late Prof. Miriam Ikejiani-Clark,
former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi and 16 others.
Those having roads and streets named after them in Guzape district include:
former FCT Minister and Governor-elect of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai,
former Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Adewusi,
former Science and Technology Minister, Major-Gen. Sam Momah,
former Special Duties Minister, late Alhaji Wada Nas,
former Attorney General of the Federation, late Mr. Clement Akpamgbo,
incumbent FCT Minister, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed and 60 others.
TheNation reports that the statement reads in part:
“Some Nigerians who had distinguished themselves in various sporting activities were also among those honoured with Abuja streets named after them. They include:
first Nigerian single Olympic gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa,
first Nigerian footballer to have scored in FIFA senior World Cup, late Rashidi Yekini,
former world wrestling champion, late Power Mike Okpala,
first Nigerian to win World Boxing title, Dick Tiger Ihetu
and the youngest Nigerian to play at the African Cup of Nations, Mr. Daniel Amokachi.
They all had streets named after them in Wupa district.