Gov Bello renames Kogi Varsity after Late Audu

Gov Bello renames Kogi Varsity after Late Audu
June 10 22:17 2016

Still basking in the euphoria of the three victories he has so far secured at the Kogi State Election Petitions Tribunal, Governor Yahaya Bello has renamed the Kogi
State University, Anyigba , after late former
governor of the state, Prince Abubakar Audu.

Audu was on the verge of a historic return to Lugard House last year when he suddenly died, paving the way for the All Progressives Congress which was leading in the November 21 gubernatorial election  to nominate Yahaya Bello to inherit the votes ahead of the December 5 supplementary poll

Bello announced the change in the name of the 15-
year-old university during a statewide broadcast to
mark his tribunal victories

He said that naming the university after Audu was a deserving honour to the memory of the late
colourful politician who ruled the state twice as the
civilian governor from 1991 to 1993 and 1999 to 2003.

Audu himself established the university in 2001 and
named it Prince Abubakar Audu University but his
successor , Alhaji Ibrahim Idris changed the name to
Kogi State University in 2004.

Justifying his decision to restore the university to its
original name, Bello said that Audu laid a solid
foundation for the growth and development of the state.

“Today, and as always, I celebrate the life and times of
Prince Abubakar Audu, the first Executive Governor of
Kogi State.

‘” It is our hope that those who want to lay claim to his
legacy will at least develop the same heart for the
growth and development of Kogi State that he
demonstrated through his lifetime,” he said.

According to the governor, an executive bill will soon be
forwarded to the House of Assembly to formalise the
change in the name of the university.

The governor also used the broadcast to thank the
people of the state for their support and understanding
since his assumption of office in January .

He said that since the five petitions filed against him
had been thrown out for lack of merit, the state was
now set to witness a new direction and accelerated
development.

According to Bello, a blueprint of the administration
which will kick start creation of one million jobs for the
unemployed youths will be unveiled by next week.

He called on all those who lost at the tribunal,
irrespective of their political affiliation, to join hands
with him to develop the state.