FCT: Newly Constructed Road Named After Ladi Kwali


By Ismaila Jimoh, Abuja

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has named 3.2 kilometres newly constructed arterial road and bridge at Shagari/Satelite Quarters in Kwali Area Council after the famous ceramics artist and potter, Ladi Kwali.

While commissioning the road project on Tuesday, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Barr. Nyesom Wike described Late Kwali as one who used her creativity to bring fame, not only to the FCT but the entire country.

The aforementioned road and bridge had been Hitherto abandoned for 14 and 20 years respectively, until the advent of the current FCT Administration under the leadership of Nyesom Wike, who ensure it completion within the space of three months.

Addressing the jubilant residents who came out in their large number to witnesss the commissioning, Wike explained that the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu knows no religion, tribe or political affiliation.

Promising to deliver three strategic roads to the people of Kwali Area Council, Wike said he would also ensure adequate illumination of the road by providing solar-powered street lights.

He said; “This road was abandoned for how many years now? What you see today is the renewed hope agenda we are talking about. I am sure that most of you must have lost hope that you took your fate into your hands, since no government will want to feel your plight. So you have to managed to fend for your people, but Mr. President had said do not lose hope, as he is here to bring your hope back. And from what he has done on this road today, it shows indeed hope is coming back to our people.

“It is not about party, but Nigerians; it is about you the Kwali people; it is about you the Abuja people. Because, there is no one particular party that will use this road, and that is what is important to Mr. President. It doesn’t matter where you belong, his ambition, his vision is to make Nigerians believe that their hope must come back, and that is why we have done what we have done today.

“This is not the only road we are doing in Kwali, your Chairman has announced the one that we are going to flag off soon, and there is another one that is going on.
So, in this year alone Kwali will have nothing less than three roads. This was not like that before. So Mr. President has brought back hope to all of us.

“Before the Chairman even asked, Mr President had told me that a popular Abuja person who has in one way contributed to the development of Abuja, it is very important charity must begin from home that this road must be named Ladi Kwali Road.

“Secondly, Mr President asked me when this road was being done, what about the illumination, which is to provide security? I said it was not part of it. Mr President has directed that I should make sure that solar light is provided on this road. So, that is why we are saying when you have the right leadership, you will get good results. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what is important is, is this person committed? I can tell you that Mr President is committed to changing the lives of all of us, to give us our hope that was lost. Yes, I know you were impatient, I know you want everything today, I can assure you, you can see that a good dance starts with the right step, and you can see that Mr President has started with a good step, and you are going to see a good dance.”.

Earlier, Kwali Area Council Chairman, Danladi Chiya said the road leads the Kwali main town to the Abuja – Lokoja highway.

While he expressed gratitude to the Minister on behalf of the people, he said for over 14 years, the road was impassable.

“This project has renewed our hope in Mr President because before now, we had lost hope, but now, he has brought hope to my people”, he said.

Chiya praised the minister for honouring the late Kwali, saying while a road was named after her in the United Kingdom and a street in Abuja’s City centre, nothing had been named after her in her own hometown, Kwali.

Ladi Kwali, the talented potter whose picture appeared on Nigeria’s Twenty Naira Note died in 1984.


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