Anambra State University Gets New Name (Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University.)

The Anambra House of
Assembly on Thursday passed a bill, changing the name of the state-owned university at Uli to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University.

The bill was passed during the plenary of the legislature in Awka to honour the former Biafra hero.

The decision followed the
report of the House
Committee on Education
which recommended the
change of the name. Mrs Rita Maduagwu (APGA
Nnewi South 2), the Chairman,House Committee on Education, recalled that the bill had been read the second time on the floor of the house on Dec. 17, 2013.

She said that the committee
found that the university’s
name had been changed
before from Anambra State
University of Science and
Technology and that there were a number of provisions in the extant law that required review. “After due consideration of
facts and information, the
committee recommends that the law establishing the
university be repealed while a new law aimed at amending the principal law be passed,”Maduagwu said.

Mr Valentine Ayika (PDP
Njikoka1) said that the bill
was due for passage since it
was read second time in
December 2013.

Mr Tony Muonagor (APC
Idemili North) said that the
aim was to immortalise the
late Ojukwu and to encourage hard work among the people of the state and Nigeria at large.

Mr Ebele Obi (APC Idemili
South) said that the passage
was a welcome development.

Mr Obinna Emenakaya (APGA
Anambra East) said that the
application for the change of name was long over-due since it was meant to immortalise a man who fought and lived for the Igbo people.

The Speaker, Mrs Chinwe
Nwaebili, said that the
university would be a multi-
campus institution located in Awka, Igbariam and Uli.

She said members of the
committee on education did a good work and urged others to prove their worth on any assignment given at
committee level or otherwise.

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