|Late Abubakar Audu|
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi state announced the change in the name Kogi State University in Ayangba after the late first civilian governor of the state, Prince Abubakar Audu.during a statewide broadcast to mark his victory at the state governorship election petition tribunal.
Gov. Yahaya Bello said that naming the university was the ultimate honour that could be done to the memory of the late politician who ruled the state twice as the civilian governor from 1991 to 1993 and 1999 to 2003.
“It is our hope that those who want to lay claim to his legacy will at least develop the same heart for the growth and development of Kogi State that he demonstrated through his lifetime.”
Audu himself established the university in 2001 and named it Prince Abubakar Audu University but his successor , Alhaji Ibrahim Idris changed the name to Kogi State University in 2004.
Justifying his decision to restore the university to its original name, Bello said that Audu laid a solid foundation for the growth and development of the state
‘” It is our hope that those who want to lay claim to his legacy will at least develop the same heart for the growth and development of Kogi State that he demonstrated through his lifetime,” he said. According to the governor, an executive bill will soon be forwarded to the house of assembly to formalise the change in the name of the university.
Audu, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) in the Nov. 21, 2015 governorship election in the state, died suddenly on Nov. 22 when before the result of the election was announced. The leadership of the APC consequently substituted the name of Audu with that of Yahaya Bello as the candidate in the supplementary governorship election held on Dec. 5, 2015.
Accordly to Vanguard,Bello,promise to rollout a blueprint of the administration which will kick start creation of one million jobs for the unemployed youths will be unveiled by next week.