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RENAMING ‘FUTA’ AFTER SHAGARI IS A GLOBAL EMBARRASSMENT, ALUMNI CAUTIONS AFE BABALOLA

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Alumni Association of Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has rejected Afe Babalola (SAN)’s title to immortalise the late former President Shehu Shagari by renaming the institution after him.

In his tribute to the late former President, Babalola had urged the Federal Government to rename the institution after Shagari, nonetheless in a swift response, the Alumni resisted the decision.

President of the FUTA Alumni Association Worldwide, Adesomoju Olaitan, who led completely different members of the affiliation to a media briefing in Akure, rejected the idea of fixing the institution’s title.

Also speaking on behalf of the branches in Europe, America and completely different components of the world, he said FUTA was not the one institution established by the late Shagari when he was President between 1979 and 1983.

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“FUTA is a longtime mannequin that is globally revered for technical enhancements. FUTA has developed a lot of house and worldwide collaborations with completely different important institutions.

“These advances and relationship would be marred in an identity crisis by changing its established brand name on the whims and caprices of an individual,” he mentioned.

The group argued that earlier title changes made to institutions for the purpose of immortalising good Nigerians have executed a great deal of damage, insisting that abroad institutions like Harvard and Oxford universities retain their names and had been nonetheless globally revered.

An alumnus, Professor Yemisi Adefarusi, said: “FUTA is an identity, a legacy and it’s not just an alumni issue, but what affects the entire students of the institution. It is an embarrassment to us, a national and global embarrassment.” Adefarusi, who’s among the many second set of graduates produced by the institution, well-known that the change of title would do further damage than good to the school.

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She outlined {{that a}} good number of the over 100,000 FUTA graduates since inception had been in the meanwhile working with worldwide organisations like UNESCO, WHO, UNO, UNICEF and others and would adversely impact their certificates and resumes.

However, the affiliation steered the Federal Government to embark on completely different vital initiatives inside the tertiary institution comparatively than rename it after the late President Shagari. “It should consider building a world class infrastructure like science laboratories, lecture theatres or any other infrastructure that will last for a long time in our alma mater, and name such after Shagari. “This will help resolve some of the challenges we have on our campus rather than compounding them with a change of name. Consequently, we plead with the Federal Government to allow the FUTA brand to remain for posterity and peace,” she added.

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