The Kwara State Government on Wednesday has renamed the Kwara State University after late politician, Olusola Saraki as part of plans to commemorate the late politician’s development effort in the state.
The state governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, disclosed this in Ilorin at the launch of the Sola Saraki Educational Foundation.
Ahmed who announced that the Kwara State University, KWASU, would henceforth be known as Sola Saraki University, said that renaming the university was a better way of immortalising the late politician.
Mr. Saraki was an “outstanding politician, mentor and philanthropist,” the Governor said.
He also said the late politician who earned the title, Waziri of Ilorin was passionate about education as seen in his contributions to the building of several primary and secondary schools in Kwara State.
Ahmed, while commending the convener of the Sola Saraki foundation for complimenting government’s efforts in the education sector urged stakeholders to invest in education for the betterment of children in the state.
The governor also donated N15 million for the takeoff of the foundation.
Olusola who is the father of Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki was born May 13, 1933 in Ilorin, Kwara State and a Senator of the Nigerian Second Republic (1979-1983)
He died of cancer on 14 November 2012 in Lagos at the age of 79.
He was known as the “strongman of Kwara politics”.