Kwara - The Kwara State House of Assembly has approved moves to change the name of the Kwara State University (KWASU) in honour of the late politician, Abubakar Sola Saraki.
This paves way for the Ilorin-based institution’s name to be changed to the Abubakar Sola Saraki University (ASSU).
Governor Abdul Fatah Ahmed had earlier initiated a Bill seeking to change the name.
The Bill was read for the third time before its passage. It had previously been subjected to public hearing after it scaled first and second reading.
The House Committee on Education and Human Capital Development report of the public hearing showed that only five of the stakeholders were against the proposed Bill, on the grounds that state and local government resources would be used to fund the university.
According to the report, “35 of the stakeholders were of the view that institution be renamed after the late political icon due to his socio-economic and political contributions to the development of Kwara State in particular and Nigeria in general.”
Saraki died in November last year aged 79.
Also a medical doctor, his political career dates back to 1964 when he ran in the 1964 parliamentary election for Ilorin as an independent but failed to win.
However, in 1977, Saraki was elected as a member of the Constituent Assembly that produced the 1979 constitution.
In 1979 he was elected a Senator of the Second Republic, and became Senate Leader.
In 1983 Saraki was re-elected into the Senate on the National Party of Nigeria platform.
His last prominent position came in 1998 when he became a National Leader and member of the Board of Trustees of the All People's Party.
The university to be named after him was established in 2009.
- CAJ News