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Why we named road after Wole Soyinka – FCT Minister

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike has revealed why he recommended that one of newly commissioned roads in the FCT be named after noble laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka.

It was reported on Tuesday that the road project commissioned by President Bola Tinubu was the Full Scope Development of the Arterial Road N20 from Northern Parkway to the Outer Northern Expressway.

Wike disclosed that the contract for the construction of the road named Wole Soyinka Way, was awarded in 2020 at the cost of N30.6 billion, adding that the completion of the road project has brought relief to the residents of the FCT.

He said; “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.”

In her remarks, the Minister of State, FCT, Dr Mariya Mahmoud also thanked President Tinubu, the leadership of the National Assembly and members of the Federal Executive Council for their support to the FCT Administration.

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier that President Bola Tinubu informed the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike that he was advised against appointing him to his cabinet.

Tinubu made this known on Tuesday, June 4 while commissioning the Arterial Road N20 from the Northern Parkway to the Outer Northern Expressway.

He said; “To the Honourable Minister of FCT and his entire team, my presence here is to say thank you very much for giving this government a very successful first-year landing.

You inspired so many people and the acronym WIW—Wike is Working—is resonating with all of us. My heart is full of joy, full of pride because they thought you, Wike, would not perform. I heard that from several quarters.”