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FCT: Wike Explains Naming Abuja Road After Wole Soyinka

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, has revealed the reasoning behind naming a newly commissioned road in Abuja after renowned Nigerian writer and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka.

President Bola Tinubu commissioned the Full Scope Development of the Arterial Road N20, which extends from Northern Parkway to the Outer Northern Expressway within the Federal Capital City. This road has been named Wole Soyinka Way.

Wike stated that the decision to honor Wole Soyinka in this manner is a recognition of individuals who have made substantial contributions to progress and development in Nigeria, aiming to set an example for others. The contract for the road construction was awarded in 2020 at a cost of N30.6 billion, and its completion brings significant relief to the residents of the FCT.

“The proposal to dedicate the road to Prof. Wole Soyinka is rooted in the importance of honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to progress and development during their lifetime, thus setting an example for others,” Wike explained.

He also expressed gratitude to the contractors for completing the project on time.

Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State for the FCT, echoed Wike’s sentiments, extending her thanks to President Tinubu, the leadership of the National Assembly, and members of the Federal Executive Council for their support. She also appreciated the efforts of the FCDA engineers and the construction team who helped realize the project.

Dr. Mahmoud highlighted that the construction of the arterial road has enhanced the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of the transportation network within the capital city, benefiting all its residents.