Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has approved the renaming of the Bauchi State University, Gadau after the late Hausa poet and social critic, Sa’adu Zungur.
Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday in Bauchi, the state Commissioner of Education, Dr. Aliyu Tilde, said the renaming was approved during the State Executive Council, SEC, meeting held at the Government House, Bauchi.
According to Mr Tilde, the institution will now be addressed as Sa’adu Zungur University, SAZUG, Gadau, adding that the gazetting will soon take place.
He said the renaming followed the need to immortalise late Mr Zungur who died in 1958.
“Malam Sa’adu Zungur (1915-1958) is a Bauchi indigene that was among the leaders that fought for our independence, the mentor of Malam Aminu Kano, a one-time secretary of NCNC, a political activist whose progressive ideas shaped the Northern political culture to date. He was a great Hausa poet and social critic.
“Alhamdulillah, His Excellency and the Executive Council have helped the Ministry see the dream promise it made to the representatives of the family of Malam Mu’azu when they came praying for his befitting immortalization becomes real.
“His Excellency, the Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, is particularly happy with the idea. We thank him immensely.”