By Abiodun Lawal
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state on Monday signed the bill to upgrade the state-owned Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) in Abeokuta to Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, (MAUST).
Also signed into law was the bill to establish the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia in Yewa area of the state.
Amosun signed the bills during the state’s Executive Council meeting at the governor’s office in Abeokuta.
He said the MKO university which would operate a multi-campus system, was expected to boost science and technology in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this is the highest honour bestowed on the late MKO Abiola, the winner of June 12, 1993 presidential poll, rated worldwide as one of the freest and best elections in the history of the country.
The administration of the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha had arrested and detained Abiola for declaring himself president following the annulment of the election by military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.
Ogun had named the state stadium in Abeokuta after him.
Amosun commended the State House of Assembly for the speedy passage of the bills.
In an interview with newsmen after the occasion, Mr Suraj Adekunbi, the Speaker, said the House gave the bill accelerated passage because education is the priority of the government.
He noted that the establishment of the two institutions would create more jobs in the state.
NAN reports that the House had on Jan. 31 passed the MKO Abiola University Bill and the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia, Bill.