Saturday, May 4, 2013

Kwara set to rename University after late Dr. Saraki

THE Governing Council and members of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, have requested for a change of the name of the institution to either Sola Saraki University (SOSU) or Abubakar Sola Saraki University (ASSU) in honour of the state’s political icon, Dr. Abubakar Sola Saraki, who died last year.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Sen. MuhammedSha’aba Lafiagi, while making the presentation Friday in Ilorin to the KwaraState Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, said the request was an acknowledgment of late Saraki’s contributions to educational development in the country.
According to him, the university community acknowledged Saraki’s “immense contribution to education through the award of scholarship to indigent students and sponsorship of several youths to universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, aside from frequent monetary intervention to parents and guardians to offset the school fees of their wards”.
Lafiagi, who is also a former Governor of Kwara State, said the presentation of the request for name change was made to Governor Ahmed so that the State House of Assembly could amend the relevant law, which established the Kwara State University, to reflect the proposed name change.
Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, commended the university community for the request, adding that the change of the name of the institution would serve as a platform for Nigerians to remember Saraki’s contributions and motivate future generations on the cause of humanity.
The governor recalled that Saraki, who was the Senate Leader in the Second Republic, was a major factor in fostering credible political direction in Kwara State and beyond as he left clear examples of how people should be mentored to live a better life.
He assured the council and KWASU community that the request for thechange of name would be forwarded to Kwara State House of Assembly for necessary legislative action.

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