The out-going Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Rahamon Bello, has revealed how the management succeeded in rejecting the renaming of the institution to Moshood Abiola University in 2012.
Bello made the revelation at a media forum in Lagos.
He said the name ‘University of Lagos’ given to the institution, which was set-up by an act of parliament.
The Renaissance recalls that former President Goodluck Jonathan had on May 29, 2012, during Democracy Day celebration, announced the renaming of the university after late politician and philanthropist, Moshood Abiola.
“The University of Lagos is the first university to be established by the Federal Government in Nigeria, historically, go and find out in 1962.
“Ibadan (University of Ibadan) was a college when the University of Lagos was established.
“It was the first to be established by an Act of Parliament.
“That is why it was difficult for (former) President Goodluck Jonathan to change the name and it was on that basis that we were able to get the name back.
Bello’s Audio excerpt
“It was after UNILAG that UI now got its own status as a federal university.
“The other universities that came around that time and before the University of Lagos were not federal universities.
“Nsukka, ABU and Ife were all regional universities at that time.
“It was later that the federal government took them over. As a federal university, Lagos was number one.
“And government acquired land for the University of Lagos in that environment. We have the documents,” Bello said.
NAN reports that Bello became the acting vice-chancellor in May 2012, following the death of his successor, late Prof. Babatunde Sofoluwe.
Bello’s appointment as the 11th VC was confirmed same year.
His tenure expires on Saturday, Nov. 11 when he steps down for a new helmsman, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).
By Our Correspondent