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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SENATE ADVICES UNILAG ON NAME CHANGE

The Senate Committee on Education on Monday advised the University of Lagos (UNILAG), recently renamed Moshood Abiola University, to include in its budget the estimated cost of the name change.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, made the call when he led a seven-member team on a visit to the institution, as part of its oversight functions.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of the committee, which included Senators Oluremi Tinubu, Joshua Dariye and Olusola Adeyeye, is on a three-day working visit to major federal educational institutions in Lagos State.

At an interactive session with UNILAG management, Chukwumerije said that the committee was interested in knowing the cost implication should the bill before the National Assembly sailed through.
He added that the committee was interested in knowing the extent of consultation between the Federal Government and the university authorities before the name change.
He noted that recently the institution was shut down following students’ demonstration against the name change.
Chukwumerije noted that peace in the university was a pre-requisite to the sustenance of a conducive environment required for development and efficient utilisation of resources.
He also sought to know the status of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the university between 2005 and 2011.
According to him, UNILAG’s unique location in the country’s industrial and commercial hub, Lagos, is of special interest to the committee.

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