Home » Headline » FG Honours Yekini, Power Mike, Chioma Ajunwa, others
FG Honours Yekini, Power Mike, Chioma Ajunwa, others

FG Honours Yekini, Power Mike, Chioma Ajunwa, others

The honour list grows daily and the latest acknowledgement of excellence by the Federal Government has turned up new faces. Late World Heavy weight Wrestling Champion, Mike Okpala a.k.a Power Mike, Late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini and Nigeria’s first Olympic gold medal winner, Chioma Ajunwa, were among distinguished Nigerians honoured on Tuesday by the Federal government, through the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) with streets named after them in the world of sports.

Also on the honours list of 182 Nigerians include Daniel Amokachi, ace boxing legend and first Nigerian to win world boxing title, Dick Tiger Ihetu, and host of others. They had streets named after them at Wupa district of the FCT.

Yekini was honoured for being the first Nigerian player to score a FIFA World Cup goal, while his compatriot and former Super Eagles assistant coach, Daniel Amokachi, was recognised for being the youngest Nigerian player to feature at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed, disclosed that the major streets in Asokoro Extension, Guzape, Wupa, Wuye and Maitama Extension districts as well as expressways and roads would be renamed in honour of President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President, late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo, former Speaker of House of Representatives and Katsina State Governor-elect, Aminu Bello Masari, former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Dahiru Musdapha, Businessmen Femi Otedola, Aliko Dangote among several others.

Media assistant to the FCT minister, Nosike Ogbuenyi, in a statement disclosed that the soon-to-be commissioned Inner Southern Expressway, which dissects Abuja City centre was named after President Jonathan, while the longest Wuye district boulevard express road was named after Atiku Abubakar. Another major road in the same district was named after Vice President Sambo.

Defending the doling out of street names, the Coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, (AMMC), Reuben Okoya explained that “street naming in FCT is done in accordance with standing guidelines, principles and criteria that ensure the promotion of national unity.”

He maintained that implementation of street naming in Wupa District is based on recognition of contributors to national development in various fields such as business, culture, philanthropy, sports and industry.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: