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FG clarifies renaming of Murtala Muhammed Expressway after Wole Soyinka

In recent news, there has been some confusion regarding the renaming of the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).


The Federal Government has officially confirmed that this expressway has not been renamed as Wole Soyinka Way.


In a statement released by Alhaji Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, it was emphasized that such a renaming was never considered by the current administration.


This clarification aims to dispel any rumors and correct the misinformation circulating in some media outlets.


On June 4, President Bola Tinubu inaugurated a new road in the FCT, known as Arterial Road N20, which stretches from Katampe to Jahi.


This new road connects the existing Outer Northern Expressway (also known as Murtala Muhammed Expressway) to the Northern Parkway (Ahmadu Bello Way). During the inauguration, FCT Minister Nyesom Wike proposed that the new road be named after Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, a suggestion to which President Tinubu agreed.


To be clear, it is the Arterial Road N20 that has been named Wole Soyinka Way. The Murtala Muhammed Expressway retains its original name, honoring the esteemed former Head of State, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed.


The Minister urged all citizens to disregard any false reports about the renaming of the Murtala Muhammed Expressway. These reports are baseless and do not reflect the actions or intentions of the government.


In summary, while a new road has been named after Prof. Wole Soyinka, the Murtala Muhammed Expressway continues to honor its namesake without any changes.

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