President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday submitted a bill seeking to formalise the change of name of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) to Moshood Abiola University (MAU), Lagos, to the National Assembly.
The President announced the change of name in a national broadcast marking this year’s Democracy Day on May 29.
Despite the protest among the students of the institution, the government has said it would not revert to the old name.
Other stakeholders also criticised the name change, accusing Dr Jionathan of not consulting widely enough before changing the institution’s name.
The President sent the bill to the National Assembly with a covering letter, dated June 5, entitled: Forwarding of Bills for Acts to rename three Federal Universities.
It reads: “I forward herewith for your kind consideration and passage into law, the attached Bills for Acts to rename three federal universities as indicated.”
Jonathan also submitted a Bill for an Act to amend the Public Procurement Act, No. 14, 2007, and a Bill for an Act to provide for the enforcement and punishment of crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and related offence.
When House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal read the letter, the chamber erupted in an uproar.
Besides UNILAG, the other universities the President proposes to rename are: the Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, Imo State, to Michael Okpara Federal University of Agriculture and the Federal University of Science and Technology, Yola, Adamawa State, to Adamu Modibo Federal University of Science and Technology.
Dr Jonathan proposed stiff punishment for war crimes, genocide and related offences and the reinforcement of punishment against humanity