UNILAG or MAULAG? Bill seeking name-change passes second reading

by Isi Esene

Students and Alumni of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) continue to wallow in suspense as the bill seeking the institution’s name change to the Moshood Abiola University of Lagos (MAUL) passes second reading on the floor of the House of Representatives.

President Goodluck Jonathan had in a nationwide broadcast announced the name change in May to honour the late businessman and politician, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, a move which sparked protests from students of the university who demanded that the status quo be maintained.

The university authorities also expressed their opposition to the renaming last week when it dragged the Minister of Education, Ruqayyat Rufai, to court for referring to the institution as MAUL.

Several members of the House of Assembly are opposed to the name change saying due process was not followed by the Executive arm of government before the change was made public.

Even the Senate have joined the debate on the attempted name change, insisting that it must be done through an Act of Parliament.

According to reports, a member of the House of Representatives, who did not want his name mentioned, said: “The House is likely to throw out the bill, which is slated for consideration next week.”

What’s in a name, we ask?

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