Former governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomhole said he is not disturbed in any way, by the renaming of Edo State University Iyamho to Edo University Uzaire.
Oshiomhole who founded the university and located it in his town expressed his indifference weekend, during a party with his kinsmen in his Iyamho community, in Etsako West Local Government Area of the State.
Instead he mocked Governor Godwin Obaseki for wiping off his Oshiomhole’s town’s name.
Oshiomhole said: “Today, from Ilueke to Iyamho, are we now having a primary school? Yes! And by the grace of God, we have a secondary school and a University.
“If they like they call it University of Ghana. They can call it University of Zimbabwe. No man can change it. It is a matter of time, everybody will write his own testimonial while on earth.”
The high-flying tertiary institution was approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC), as the 23rd state-owned University and Nigeria’s 142nd University, during the tenure of Oshiomhole as Governor in 2016.
The Law establishing the University has however been amended no fewer than four times since its establishment.
The State House of Assembly on March 24, 2014, passed the Executive Bill for a Law to establish Edo State University of Science and Technology in Etsako West Local Government Area of the State.
The motion for the passage of the Bill was moved by the then House Leader, Mr. Philip Shaibu, who was reported to have said that the word “Uzuaire” is vague as it is a clan and not specific town. His motion was seconded by Mr. Emmanuel Okoduwa.
After considering the bill on a clause-by-clause basis, the University was established as Edo State University, Uzairue Law 2014.
Two days before the end of the tenure of Oshiomhole in 2016, the State House of Assembly again amended the law to rename the institution Edo University, Iyamho.
According to the University on its website, “Edo State University Uzairue (formerly Edo University Iyamho), was established by the Edo University Uzairue Law (2014) and subsequently amended to Edo University Iyamho, Uzairue, (Amendment Law 2015). It was further amended as Edo University Iyamho (Amendment Law 2016).
Following a letter from Governor Godwin Obaseki, on 14 December, 2020, to amend Edo State University Law No. 4 of 2014, for consideration and amendment, the State House of Assembly again effected another amendment, ‘Edo State University, Uzairue’.
The amended Edo State University No. 4 in 2020 Law, altered the name of the institution to Edo State University, Uzairue by the State Government the fourth time.
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