UNILAG: Jonathan submits bill to Senate

The Nigerian Senate has received a bill from President Goodluck Jonathan seeking to change the name of the University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University.

The bill which was read by the Senate President, David Mark, at today’s plenary session contained two other federal universities to be renamed.

They are the Federal University of Technology, Umudike, which is to be changed to Michael Okpara University, Umudike, and the Federal University of Technology, Yola, to be changed to Modibbo Adama University, Yola.

Mr. Jonathan was criticized for the sudden change of name of the University of Lagos, one of Nigeria’s first generation universities, after he made the announcement during the democracy day celebration on May 29.

Students of the University protested on the streets of Lagos against the renaming of the institution, while some other students have taken the President to court for the act.

Staff and alumni of the University also opposed the renaming of the institution which was done to honour Moshood Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election considered to be Nigeria’s freest and fairest presidential election ever. Mr. Abiola later died in detention in 1998 after he was jailed by the military junta of Sani Abacha.

Lawyers had argued that without the National Assembly passing a bill into law or amending the act that established the University, the name change would be illegal.

 

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