Kwara State University will now be called Sola Saraki University, Malete.
This is because Mr. Abdulfatah Ahmed-led administration in Kwara State has named the state university after the late strongman of Kwara politics, Olusola Saraki.
The governor made the announcement in Ilorin at the inauguration of the Sola Saraki Educational Foundation on May 17,2017.
Mr. Ahmed said that renaming the university was a better way of immortalising the late politician.
According to the governor, the late Mr. Saraki was an “outstanding politician, mentor and philanthropist”.
The governor said Mr. Saraki, who bore the title of Waziri of Ilorin, had immense love for education as evident in his contributions to the building of several primary and secondary schools across the state.
While commending the initiator of the Sola Saraki foundation for complimenting government’s efforts in making education accessible to all, the governor called on individuals and corporate bodies to invest in education as a way of securing the future of the children.
Mr. Ahmed donated N15 million for the takeoff of the foundation.
Born on May 13, 1933 in Ilorin, Kwara State, the late Mr. Saraki was until his death regarded as the “strongman of Kwara politics
The university was established by the administration of Dr. Bukola Saraki in 2009.
Dr. Bukola Saraki, now the Senate President, is the son of Olusola Saraki.
The university recognises itself as a part of a community,and has the position of a Director for Community Development for the purpose of mobilizing the community, setting assessment strategies, and identifying the needs within the community so that lecturers can use their expertise to impact directly on the communities.
Abdulfatah was a cabinet member of Bukola Saraki when he’s the Kwara State governor.
Abdulfatah’s action to rename the state owned institution as Sola Saraki University is seen as a move to show more political solidarity to the Saraki dynasty.