Alumni of UNIOSUN reject change of name to Bola Ige University
…..consider the option of approaching a Court to seek redress
The Alumni of the University of Osun State (UNIOSUN), Osogbo has
rejected the recent renaming of the University by the State Governor,
Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.
The governor had during its 4th and 5th combined convocation,
declared that the University had been re-named after late Cicero of
Esa-Oke and former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Late
Chief Bola Ige.
The old students think that the action was immaterial at this point in time, and want Mr.
Aregbesola to reverse the action.
They are indeed considering the option of approaching the Court of
Competent Jurisdiction in the land to seek redress on the subject
matter if Governor Aregbesola refused to reverse the action to status
They complained that the Governor just took the decision unilaterally
without considering the interest of all the stakeholders of the
There position was contained in a statement issued and signed by Mr. Oluwatosin
Abikanlu and Mr. Otunde Adebowale, the President and Secretary-General
of the Alumni respectively, a copy of which was made available to newsmen
Renaming of the University after former Governor old Oyo-State, late Ige has generated mixed reactions, with some seeing the action of the governor as just seeking to score cheap political point, while others, particularly the members of the ruling All Progressives Congress,
(APC) see the action as welcome development.
The school’s alumni maintained that they rejected the renaming after late Ige because Chief Bola Ige had nothing to do with the establishment of the
University aside being a political leader in the State before he died
in December 200.
Besides, they said that the new name would generate the the acronym BIU which would clash with Benson Idahosa University(BIU).
They further alleged that Mr. Aregbesola had not been funding the
University for the past two and half (2 ½) years now, saying that it survives on the ingenuity of the
University management which raises funds internally plus
helps from the Federal Government agencies like Tetfund.
Alumni body said it was totally rejecting the renaming of the
University at this point in time when the University was facing
They added that it was a misplace my of priorities to embark on such project of renaming any institution
at this point in time, when the economy crunch was biting every sector
of the country hard..
According to Alumni: “Renaming of the University of Osun State,
popularly called UNIOSUN, after late Cicero of Esa-Oke and former
Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Late Chief Bola Ige at this
point in time, is immaterial and misplacement of priority. Chief Bola
Ige has nothing to do with the establishment of the University. Mr.
Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola action on the development is political and
confusing and also, against the wishes of the UNIOSUN concern
“The UNIOSUN is to bear the same acronym with Benson Idahosa
University (BIU) after its renaming as Bola Ige University (BIU).As
Alunmi of the UNIOSUN, we are totally rejected the renaming of UNIOSUN
because Mr. Aregbesola has failed to perform its constitutional duty
in financing the University as its Visitor. We are ready to approach
the Court of competent Jurisdiction for redress if Governor Rauf
Adesoji Aregbesola is NOT reversing the University to the status quo