Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Osun State honours Bola Ige, renames UNIOSUN after him, others

The Osun State Government has honoured the former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, late Chief Bola James Ige by naming the Osun State University (UNIOSUN) after him, reports ITRealms.

The State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who made this known, named the state-owned university after Chief Ige, saying that this was part of a sweeping renaming of all the tertiary institutions in the state which was announced at the convocation ceremony of the university where oil magnate and founder of the Rose of Sharon Foundation, Mrs, Folorunsho Alakija was unveiled as the new Chancellor of the institution.

Other institutions renamed include the Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke now  Bisi Akande College of Technology; Osun State Polytechnic Iree now, Sunday Afolabi Polytechnic; College Of Education, Ila Orangun now Adeyemi Oyeduntan College of Education and the College of Education Ilesa which will now be Lawrence Omole College of Education.

Others are UNIOSUN C‎ollege of Law, Ifetedo now Kayode Esho College of Law;‎ College of Social Sciences and Management Okuku, now Olagunsoye College of Social Sciences, Okuku; C‎ollege of Agriculture Ejigbo, now Isiaka Adeleke College of Agriculture, Ejigbo; ‎College of Education Ipetu Ijesa, now Ezekiah Oluwasanmi College of Education and C‎ollege of Humanities and Culture, Ikire, now Eniola Atanda College of Humanities and Culture‎.

This was even as the new Chancellor, Alakija, described her conferment as the Chancellor of UNIOSUN and the Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business administration as another glass ceiling broken by womanhood.

Aregbesola commended Dr. Alakija who with her investiture becomes the first female Chancellor in any university in Nigeria for counting the University worthy and accepting to serve as the Chancellor of the university when she could have easily turned down top universities in Europe and America with the same request.

‎He enjoined Dr. Alakija to join the state in the desire for an institution that exists for the society and advancement of mankind, saying most Nigerian universities are too withdrawn and unconcerned from the society an its problems. 

Uj. N. Dominic/GEE 

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Pix: late Chief Bola James Ige

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