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
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.