Kwara Governor renames State University to Sola Saraki University

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[Kwara]–Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Governor of Kwara State, has renamed the state University after former Kwaran Senator and political leader, Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki.

The Governor made this pronouncement at the launching of Sola Saraki Educational Foundation in Ilorin on Wednesday.

According to the Governor, the University will now be known as Sola Saraki University and promised that all arrangements to that effect would be finalised before the end of the year.

Ahmed, on behalf of the state executive council, also donated N15 million for the the take-off of the foundation.

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, represented by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the state, in his address,  commended the conveners of the foundation and pledged his moral, financial and physical support to its sustainability.

He also charged members of the foundation to ensure that the legacy of the late political icon lives on, particularly in the areas of health and education.

The Speaker of the state Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, recalled the outstanding contributions and assistance the late Saraki rendered to Nigerians without questioning their backgrounds.

The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Chief Tunji Arosanyin who had called for the renaming of the state University after the late politician, also extolled the virtues of the late political icon, describing him as “a man who impacted on many lives.”

In 1977, Olusola Saraki, the father of the current Senate President of Nigeria, Senator Bukola 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 (NPN) platform.

In 2003, he supported his son Bukola Saraki as candidate for governor of Kwara state, and his daughter Gbemisola R. Saraki as senator for Kwara State Central.

He was the chairman of the Societe Generale Bank (SGBN), a bank investigated by both the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for money laundering and its license was subsequently suspended.

Olusola Sakari died on Wednesday 14 November 2012 in Lagos at the age of 79 after a losing a battle with cancer.

The university was established by the administration of  his son, Dr. Bukola Saraki, as the Governor of Kwara state in 2009.




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