From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Former Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Musa Liman Kwande, has proposed renaming the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) after General Sani Abacha for creating Nasarawa state.
Alhaji Kwande made the call on Wednesday during an interaction with The Voice in Lafia, the state capital.
He said as Nasarawa celebrates 25 years of existence, there was the need to honour the late President of Nigeria, General Abacha who created the State in 1996.
He said the State has achieved a lot in the area of education, infrastructural development, health delivery, agriculture among others, saying the government should also honour prominent citizens of the state who fought for creation of the state by naming some major streets in the state after them.
“The journey so far since the creation of Nasarawa state in 1996 has been very good. We have two universities; Federal University of Lafia and Nasarawa State University, Keffi. We also have federal and state polytechnic in the state. We have College of Agricultural Science and Technology and College of Education in the state although they were established before the state was created. So, educationally, we are moving very fast.
“We have one specialist hospital which is working very well and our teaching hospital is coming up very soon.
“I appeal to the government and the governor of Nasarawa state to rename Nasarawa State University after General Sani Abacha. Also some streets within the state should be named after few citizens of Nasarawa state that fought for Nasarawa state.
“They are; Alhaji Yahaya Sabo, Alhaji Muhammadu Wada, Alhaji Musa Ghale, Alhaji Audu Waju, Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai, Alhaji Muhammadu Yahaya Loko and Mr Benjamin Yapuwyi among others. They should be remembered because they worked hard for the creation of the state,” he said.
Alhaji Kwande, while commending Governor Abdullahi Sule for his developmental strides, geared towards the industrialisation of the state, urged the people to support the governor to enable him succeed.
He appealed to citizens of the state to live in peace and harmony with one another, in order to attract more dividends of democracy in the state.