by Akan Ido
The Anambra House of Assembly has passed a bill changing the name of the state-owned university, Anambra State University of Science and Technology to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University.
The Bill effecting the change was passed today during the plenary of the legislature in Awka to honour the former governor of Nigeria’s Eastern Region, who led a three-year war of secession against Nigeria which lasted until 1970.
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“After due consideration of facts and information, the committee recommends that the law establishing the university be repealed while a new law aimed at amending the principal law be passed,” Maduagwu said.