Dame Patience Jonathan Road today became Abuja’s newest road. Named for the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, the refurbished road links the Defence Police Officers Wives Association (DEPOWA), which was responsible for its construction, with Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Barracks.
gesture comes four months after the Minister of the Federal Capital
Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, unilaterally renamed the Maitama
Extension District in Abuja as Goodluck Jonathan District.
Speaking at today’s commissioning ceremony, Mrs Apolonia Petinrin, the president of DEPOWA, said her association executed the project with the assistance of the armed forces and the police.
Noting that the road had been in
a terribly dilapidated state, she explained that compassion for the
less privileged in the community was responsible for the decision of her
association to improve its condition.
In her remarks, Mrs. Jonathan
said that the cooperation of the private sector was central to the
success of her husband’s Transformation Agenda, and that the new road
would serve the interests of members of DEPOWA, the barracks community
and other road users.
“The gesture will also provide
an evidence of the capability of our women to initiate and execute
projects and programmes critical and beneficial to the well-being of our
nation,” Mrs. Jonathan said.
Culled From SAHARA REPORTERS