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09.03.2007 General News

Road Named After Chief Obasanjo

By Times Reporter

The stretch of road between the 37 Military Hospital Junction and the Dimples Junction, in Accra has been named after Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo because of his support to Ghana in diverse ways, President J. A. Kufuor explained.

The signboard indi-cating the name of the road has the inscription 'H. E. Olusegun Obasanjo Road.'

Erected at the Akuafo Intersection between 37 and the Kawokudi Junction, the signboard bears the photograph of the Nigerian leader placed between Ghana and Nigeria flags.

Under the photograph is written 'A friend and brother, Ghana is proud of you.'

President Kufuor said at the short official naming ceremony in Accra on Wednesday that the honour was in recognition of Mr. Obasanjo’s high quality service not only to Ghana but also Africa.

Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson, read the citation which stated in part that the honour was in recognition of the 'overwhelming support you offered his Excellency (President Kufuor) and his government when they took over the admini-stration of our country.'

The citation said Accra and Ghana as a whole had been following with keen interest, the support of the Nigerian leader to Ghana.

It said the road had been named after President Obasanjo on the country’s special occasion of its 50th independence anniversary because he is a great friend and brother.

Earlier, on Tuesday, at a state banquet on Tuesday, Ghana had honoured President Obasanjo with the Order of Star of Ghana, the country’s highest award.

A citation that accompanied the award and read by the Foreign Minister, Nana Akufo Addo, said the honour was in recognition of President Obasanjo’s exemplary leadership of Nigeria and Africa.

It also described him as a great friend of Ghana and a pan-Africanist.

It is recalled that, among other things, it was with the help of President Obasanjo that Ghana had fuel supply from Nigeria in 2001 when the New Patriotic Party, had just assumed office. The supply was made without any deposit of money by Ghana.