Nobody can change UNILAG’s name, says Gowon

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jun 11th, 2014
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The controversy over the  renaming of the University of Lagos resurfaced yesterday at the institution’s 2012/2013 convocation.

Its name will not be changed, former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon assured the students.

Two years ago, President Goodluck Jonathan announced the change of name from the University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University of Lagos. Stakeholders in the institution protested the decision.

Gen. Gowon, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the ceremony, said UNILAG’ had come to stay provided students would continue to maintain good conduct and not drag the university’s name in the mud.

The former Head of State told the 3,264 graduands: “I hope you will live up to that very good reputation and ensure that you maintain the good name of this university. Rest assured that nobody can change the name of this university from what it is; so my congratulations and I wish you well in life.

“I know that there is problem about employment but don’t you worry. I am sure effort are being made so that whatever it is you can get employment procurement from the government or you  can also open your own business and make a success out of it.”

Vice Chancellor Professor Rahamon Bello told the graduants comprising 36 first class honourees that they all had a responsibility to promote the good image of the university, identify with their alma mater and contribute their widow’s mite to its development.

He said the university would not compromise its hallmark of  producing quality first-class graduates that could compete favourably with their counterparts in any area of the world.

“This is in line with the vision of the University of Lagos which is, to be a top class institution for the pursuit of excellence in knowledge through learning and community service. We have vigorously maintained this tradition over the years and today’s ceremony provides an opportunity to present the scorecard and the state of the university,” he said. The ceremonies continue today.

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