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Wike Has Made Me Proud – Tinubu


President Bola Tinubu has revealed that he was advised by some people not to appoint the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, as minister.

The president spoke during the inauguration of the Full Scope Development of the Arterial Road N20, from Northern Parkway to the Outer Northern Expressway, which was officially named “Wole Soyinka Way.”

Tinubu said he was glad he ignored the advice and did not listen to those who said Wike wouldn’t perform.

Addressing the gathering, Tinubu stated, “They told me not to appoint Wike that he won’t perform.”

However, the president’s remarks quickly shifted to praise as he acknowledged Wike’s exemplary work ethic and dedication.

He commended Wike’s role in ensuring the successful completion of the project, expressing gratitude to the honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the entire team for their contributions to the government’s successful first year.

He said, “Thank you Wike and the entire team. What more do you want me to say? My heart is full of joy, full of pride because they thought you will not perform.

“I heard that from several quarters but I made my choice. You didn’t let me and the country down. You work day and night, creatively thinking and doing.

“The reform you recommended was accepted by me. People are benefiting. You are proud to bring them out as permanent secretaries. The job you are creating during these activities is extremely encouraging.”

Amidst applause from the audience, Tinubu lauded Wike’s leadership, stating, “You inspire so many people and the acronym WIW, which means Wike is working is resonating with all of us. Today there is a great value in Abuja and the entire Federal Capital Territory.

“Talking about every part ofAbuja, you are bringing economic prosperity to the people.”

Tinubu also commended the minister for naming the road after Soyinka.

“To the contractor, no one gets credit for incomplete work,” Tinubu remarked, emphasizing the importance of recognizing Wike’s achievements.

Wike, who spoke before the president, had emphasised the importance of recognising such contributions while the individuals are still alive, saying, “It is not when somebody dies that we will remember his contributions. It is good, in the lifetime of someone who has contributed to the greatness of this country, to recognise him.”

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

She extended appreciation to the engineers and the construction team who contributed to making the Arterial Road N20 a reality.

 “By today’s inauguration, we are creating a safer, more efficient, and more sustainable transportation network that benefits everyone in the capital city,” she said. 

Wike explained that the road project, which included extensive underground infrastructure services and streetlights, featured two interchanges and spanned 3.5 km from the Murtala Mohammed Expressway to Ahmadu Bello Way, out of the total 5.6 km stretch.

The project was executed without any cost variations, and the FCT minister said that he inspected the construction more than ten times to ensure it met specifications.



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