By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—In what appeared as parting gifts ahead of the official hand-over date of May 29 to another government, the Federal Government, Monday, named the yet to be commissioned Inner Southern Expressway which dissects Abuja city centre after President Goodluck Jonathan.

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator Bala Mohammed  disclosed that the FCT Administration has honoured eminent Nigerians and other Africans by naming major streets in Asokoro Extension, Guzape, Wupa, Wuye and Maitama Extension districts as well as expressways and roads after them.

According to him, a major road in Wuye district was named after Vice President Namadi Sambo, and the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu.  Bala Mohammed also named a street after himself.

Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan (L) and vice president Namadi Sambo wave to supporters during a presidential primary in Abuja, on December 10, 2014. Jonathan is expected to be formally endorsed as the PDP candidate, with no other challengers, for the next year presidential elections.    AFP PHOTO
File: Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan (L) and vice president Namadi Sambo

While the yet to be commissioned Inner Southern Expressway which dissects Abuja city centre was named after President Jonathan, the longest Wuye district Boulevard express road measuring 1,730 metres was named after former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Other beneficiaries were  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 and Aliko Dangote.

Other prominent personalities also honoured by naming streets after them in Asokoro 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.

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