Ever since one of the Nigeria’s Legal Luminary, Aare Afe Babalola made a suggestion for the renaming of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) after the late Shehu Shagari, the call has been generating observations as many stakeholders of the university have kicked against the suggestion.
However, according to reports, some individuals are in support of the suggestion by Babalola and they pulled their weight behind renaming the institution after the late former president since the university was established during his administration.
“Shagari’s humanitarian services and the many lives he touched while on earth will surely stand him in good stead before the Almighty, the maker of all things. May I, therefore, humbly suggest that the FG should consider renaming the FUTA after this illustrious son of Nigeria,” Babalola stated.
But the Alumni Association of the institution was the very first to kick against such suggestion, stating that the move would result in identity crisis for the university.
Standing with the alumni’s position, the Students’ Union Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) FUTA branch also kicked against the suggestion.
The Alumni association said it would resist any move to change the name of the institution by mobilizing the students, Akure community where the university is located and other stakeholders against the FG.
The president of the association, Adesomoju Olaitan said that the identity change would affect the fortune of the university if allowed.
“After extensive consultation and discussions with alumni members globally, we wish to state clearly that the overwhelming majority vehemently oppose any name change to our alma mater.
“It is of note that FUTA was not the only university established by the act of parliament during Shehu Shagari’s regime. At least six other federal universities were established,” he stated.
A member of the Non-Academic Staff Union of the institution, Mrs Felicia Iyanda said the suggestion to rename FUTA would not see the light of day.