The Federal Government has named major streets in Abuja after some eminent Nigerians and accomplished Africans, with the soon-to-be inaugurated Inner Southern Expressway named after President Goodluck Jonathan.
The decision is coming barely one month to the end of Jonathan’s administration, when a new President, Muhammadu Buhari, would be inaugurated.
The longest Wuye District Boulevard Express Road 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.
The Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, according to a statement issued on Monday night by his Special Assistant (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.
Other beneficiaries include a former Senate President, the late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Katsina State Governor-elect, Aminu Bello Masari; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapha, business moguls, Femi Otedola and Aliko Dangote.
Other prominent personalities also honoured by naming streets after them include a former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan; South African anti-apartheid activist, the late Walter Sisulu; a former President of Sudan, Gaafar al-Nimeiry; a former Minister of State for FCT, the late Prof. Miriam Ikejiani-Clark; former CJN, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi and 16 others.