This is a good initiative that our government hardly takes, but I’m glad they did this time.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has named major streets in Abuja after some eminent Nigerians and accomplished Africans, with the soon-to-be inaugurated Inner Southern Expressway, running through Abuja city centre, named after President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Wuye district boulevard, measuring 1,730 metres, was named after former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Another major road in the same district was named after Vice President Namadi Sambo.
Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, according to a statement on Monday by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Nosike Ogbuenyi, made the announcement during the FCT Executive Committee meeting held at his official residence in Life Camp, Gwarinpa.
The major streets named after the eminent personalities also include Asokoro Extension, Guzape, Wupa, Wuye and Maitama Extension districts as well as expressways and roads.
Aside Jonathan, Atiku and Sambo, other beneficiaries include:
Former Senate President, the late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Katsina State Governor-elect, Alhaji Aminu Masari
Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher
Femi Otedola ,Aliko Dangote
Other prominent personalities honored with streets in Asokoro district:
Former UN Secretary-General – Kofi Annan
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 CJN, Justice Idris Kutigi
Plus 16 others
Personalities honoured with streets in Guzape district:
Former FCT Minister & 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 Wada Nas
Former Attorney General of the Federation – late Mr. Clement Akpamgbo
Incumbent FCT Minister – Senator Bala Mohammed
Plus 60 others
Nigerians who had distinguished themselves in various sporting activities were honoured with street names in Wupa district.
First Nigerian single Olympic gold medalist – Chioma Ajunwa
First Nigerian footballer to have scored in FIFA senior world cup competition – late Rashidi Yekini
Former world wrestling champion – late Power Mike Okpala
First Nigerian to win World Boxing title – Dick Tiger Ihetu
Youngest Nigerian to play at the African Cup of Nations – Daniel Amokachi
Former Governor of Bauchi State and National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu
Former Imo State Governor – late Chief Sam Mbakwe
Nine former Speakers of House of Representatives, including Aminu Tambuwal
Eight former Senate Presidents including Dr. Nwafor Orizu