Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State on Wednesday named the state university after the late strongman of Kwara politics, Dr. Olusola Saraki.
Ahmed, who made the announcement in Ilorin at the inauguration of the Sola Saraki Educational Foundation, said the Kwara State University would henceforth be called Sola Saraki University.
He noted that renaming the university was a better way of immortalising the late political icon, who he described, as an “outstanding politician, mentor and philanthropist.’’
The governor said that all arrangements to that effect would be finalised before the end of the year.
He described the late Saraki as a philanthropist, who touched the lives of his people, particularly the downtrodden.
He said that the late Waziri of Ilorin’s love for education was evident in his contributions to the building of several primary and secondary schools in the state.
Ahmed commended the initiator of the foundation for complementing government’s efforts in making education accessible to all.
He called on individuals and corporate bodies to invest in education as a way of securing the future of the children, who he described as “leaders of tomorrow.”
Ahmed, who promised to improve and expand access to quality education in Kwara, noted that investment in education was an investment for the future.
The governor, on behalf of the state executive council, donated N15m for the take-off of the foundation.
In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, commended the conveners of the foundation and pledged his moral, financial and physical support to its sustainability.
The Senate President was represented by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, in the state.