The graduated class of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, has rejected the consider that their institute of matriculation be renamed out of appreciation for the late previous President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
At a public interview held in Akure, the Ondo State capital, President of the gathering, Olaitan Adesomoju, who was flanked by his exco individuals, spoke to the Federal Government to slight the proposal from a few quarters that Shagari be deified by renaming FUTA after the previous President.
Scarcely any days prior, after the downfall of Shagari, there have been calls that the previous President be deified by naming one of the organizations he set up when he held influence as President between 1979 to 1983.
Prominent among the individuals who decided was the originator and Chancellor of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN.
Afe Babalola had encouraged the Federal Government to name the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA after the late Second Republic President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
In an announcement entitled, “Tribute to Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Usman: Name Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA after Shagari,” the legitimate illuminating presence who praised the late previous president for the endorsement and refering to of a Federal University of Technology in then Old Ondo State, noticed that Shagari was instrumental to the foundation of two other higher organizations, which presently exist in Ondo and Ekiti states.
As indicated by the FUTA Alumni President, Olaitan Adesomoju, who portrayed Afe Babalola as a dad figure, whose proposal ought to be seen as his sincere belief, focused on that a name change would accomplish more mischief than anything to the foundation which has throughout the years made a global brand for itself with the name FUTA.
While underscoring that center ought to be used in the infrastructural and scholarly progression of the organization by the Federal Government, Adesomoju kept up that aside FUTA, one of alternate foundations built up in different parts of the nation by Shagari ought to be renamed.
The announcement peruses, “Our consideration has been attracted to an announcement credited to Aare Afe Babalola (SAN) in his tribute to the late Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Usman Shagari President of Nigeria 1979 – 1983 with the title ”Name Federal University of Technology, Akure after Shagari” distributed in a few National day by day papers.
“We, the whole individuals from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) Alumni Association Worldwide, incorporating our branches in Europe, America, and different parts of the world, see this as a closely-held conviction or a minor proposal from Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), whom the greater part of us allude to as a dad.
“After broad interview and discourses with Alumni individuals universally, we wish to state plainly that the larger part energetically restrict any name change to our
extraordinary institute of matriculation.
“It is of note that the Federal University of Technology, Akure was by all account not the only University built up by demonstration of parliament amid Alhaji Shehu Shagari’s routine, something like six other Federal University of Technology were set up.
“Besides, FUTA is a built up proficient brand that is all around regarded for mechanical advancements.
“FUTA has additionally built up a few residential and universal coordinated efforts with other driving establishments. These advances and relationship would be damaged in a personality emergency by changing its built up brand name on the impulse of a person.
“Proof flourish that past name changes for reasons for deifications have completed a great deal of harm to organizations of higher learning than great and there is no place on the planet that foundations of higher learning more than five years of age are suddenly renamed after the death of a pioneer.
“For instance Harvard and Oxford have kept a similar name since their creation and foundation; these brands are internationally regarded and recognizable.
“We need to instruct the Federal Government that rather concerning renaming the foundation after Alhaji Shehu Shagari, it ought to consider building a world class framework like science research facilities, address theaters, or whatever other foundation that will keep going for quite a while in our institute of matriculation, and name it after Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
“This will help settle a portion of the difficulties we have on our grounds as opposed to exacerbating them with a name change.
“Therefore, we thus beg the Federal Government to permit the brand ‘FUTA’ to stay for the sake of children and harmony.”