Don’t name FUTA after Shagari – Alumni


President of the FUTA Alumni Association, Olaitan Adesomoju, has urged the Federal Government to disregard a suggestion that the Federal University of Technology, Akure, ne named after decased President Sheu Shagari.
An experience similar to what happened when former President Goodluck Jonathan wanted to name the University of Lagos after the late MKO Abiola started playing out following suggestions that one of the federal universities established during the Shagari era be named after him.
Adesomoju’s position is that a name change for FUTA would do more harm than good to the institution, which he said, had over the years created an international brand for itself with the name FUTA.
He said, “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), in his tribute to the late Alhaji Shehu Shagari with the title ‘’Name Federal University of Technology, Akure after Shagari ‘ published in several National daily newspapers.
“We, the entire members of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) Alumni Association worldwide, view this as a personal opinion or a mere suggestion from Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), whom most of us refer to as a father.
“After extensive consultation and discussions with alumni members globally, we wish to state clearly that the overwhelming majority vehemently oppose any name change to our great alma mater.
“It is of note that the Federal University of Technology, Akure was not the only University established by an act of parliament during Alhaji Shehu Shagari’s regime, at least six other Federal University of Technology were established. Furthermore, FUTA is an established professional brand that is globally respected for technological innovations.
“FUTA has also developed several domestic and international collaborations with other leading institutions. These advances and relationship would be marred in an identity crisis by changing its established brand name on the whim of an individual.
“Evidence abounds that previous name changes for purposes of immortalization have done a lot of damage to institutions of higher learning than good and there is nowhere in the world that institutions of higher learning over five years old are abruptly renamed after the demise of a leader. For example, Harvard and Oxford have kept the same name since their creation and establishment; these brands are globally respected and identifiable.”‘

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