Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), Founder and Chancellor of Afe Babalola University has advised the Federal Government of Nigeria to name the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), after the late Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
The urge was contained in a statement titled, “Tribute to Alhaji Shehu Shagari: Name Federal University of Technology Akure, after Shagari.”
Babalola expressed his gratitude to the late former president for approving the citing of a Federal University of Technology in Ado Ekiti at a rally on the 11th of October 1980.
“By his death, Nigeria has lost a rare gem and an irreplaceable hero who stood and fought for the good of the majority.
“Our consolation is that he led a good life and above all, he left his indelible footprints on the sands of time. He was undoubtedly a great man, a worthy and an exemplary example of what a leader should be,” he stated.
According to Babalola, the approval of FUTA spurred the then Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin-led UPN Government in the then Ondo state to hastily announce the establishment of a university in Ado-Ekiti.
He noted with pleasure that Shagari was instrumental to the establishment of the three higher institutions, which now exist in Ondo and Ekiti states.
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