Tinubu inaugurates 5.4km Southern Parkway road in Abuja

Kunle Sanni

President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday inaugurated the 5.4km Southern Parkway, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The inauguration was attended by the Secretary to the Government for the Federation, George Akume, and the Chief of Staff to the President Femi Gbajabiamila.

The southern parkway stretches from the Christian Centre to Ring Road One and is considered one of the city’s major spines, was named after him by the minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike.

The minister said the project was completed in line with the president’s ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’, 13 years after construction commenced, adding that it would ease free flow of traffic in the FCT.

He said the scope of work consisted of the construction of 5.4km length of the road – made up of 2 main carriageways of 4 lanes each and 2 service carriageways of 2 lanes each, making a total of 12 lanes. It also includes the construction of 4 number Interchanges (a total of 8 bridges) in addition to the provision of associated underground engineering infrastructure facilities.

He said, “I am happy to further inform your Excellency that the project is now completed in line with the “Renewed Hope Agenda” of Mr. President. The completion of the project will indeed enhance traffic circulation around the City Centre thereby reducing delays in travel time; complementing the developed portion of the Northern Parkway by easing the traffic congestion experienced in the Southern Districts of Garki, Gudu,  and Durumi as well as accelerating the development of the Southern axis of the city in general, thereby bringing improved socio-economic benefits to residents and visitors to the city.

“Your Excellency, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, on assumption of office in August 2023 we were confronted with many uncompleted projects that have dragged on for several years.

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