By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Ahead of its combined Passing Out Parade for 67 Regular Course and Short Service Course 46 (Army) on October 10, 2020 with President Muhammadu Buhari as the Special Guest of Honour, the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has announced road diversion.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Academy Public Relations Officer, Major Abubakar Abdullahi, dated October 8, 2020.
“The general public should also note that Kawo – Mando – Airport road will be busy from 5am – 4pm. Road users who do not have anything to do around the NDA area are advised to use alternative routes to avoid unnecessary bottleneck.
“The alternative routes are; Kaduna Airport – Afaka – Rigachukun – Kawo while passengers connecting Rigasa Railway station from Kaduna City could use Kawo – Nnamdi Azikwe byepass – Bakin Ruwa – Rigasa – Railway station. Similarly those plying Kaduna – Birnin Gwari road could use Rigachikun – Kaduna Airport -Airport Round about – Birnin Gwari Road.
“We appeal to road users to bear with the situation as all arrangements to ensure a hitch free event have been put in place. We wish to inform the public that the Parade will be streamed live on Nigerian Television Authority from 8:00 am,” the statement said.
It further said, “To this end, in compliance of safety guidelines and National Centre for Disease Control protocol against COVID-19, only guests with appropriate invitation cards will be allowed to attend the event.
“All invited Guests with valid invitation are required to assemble at Ribadu Cantonment for parking of vehicles, screening and conveyance to Afaka by 0500 hours on Saturday 10 October 2020. Individual guests will not be granted access to Afaka.”