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7 Govs present at naming of OSEX first phase after Nigerien President

Mar, 2021 | By Anthony Ogunleye | ||

The first phase of the ongoing Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX) in Abuja has been named the Mahamadou Issoufou Expressway in honour of President of the Republic of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou. Seven state Governors and one Deputy Governor graced the unveiling ceremony which was performed during the Nigerien President's visit to Nigeria. The unveiling was performed by the visiting President himself last week.

Present at the event were the Governors of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Masari, Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, Sokoto State, Alhaji Waziri Tambuwal, Jigawa State, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, Yobe State, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, Zamfara State, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, and the Deputy Governor Of Borno State, Alhaji Umar Usman Kadafur. In his remarks during the very brief ceremony, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, said that the road was named after the Nigerien President by President Muhammadu Buhari as a mark of deep appreciation for the maintenance of brotherly relationship between Nigeria and the Republic of Niger.

He added that it was also in recognition of the Nigerien President's significant role in the promotion of peace, democracy and integration in Africa. The first phase of OSEX begins from the Villa Roundabout in Asokoro District of Abuja city all the way to Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway, known as Ring Road One, and has a total of four major interchanges. Also present were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, the Permanent Secretary of FCT Administration (FCTA), Mr Olusade Adesola, and the Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin.

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Defending the budget, Malam Bello called it a balanced budget, adding that capital expenditure will gulp 54.56% or N163,651,140,779.25 while recurrent expenditure takes home 45.44% amounting to N136,312,350,743.21 of the total estimates.

Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has flagged off COVID-19 vaccination for residents of the Territory, just as she declared the safety of the vaccine.

Seven state Governors and one Deputy Governor graced the unveiling ceremony which was performed during the Nigerien President's visit to Nigeria. The unveiling was performed by the visiting President himself last week.

Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who flagged off the programme last week in Gwagwalada, affirmed that the initiative was a strategy to enhance social inclusion.


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