The authorities of University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) have organised the first edition of memorial lecture for Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, who until his death was Pro-Chancellor and chairman of the University’s Governing Council.
Welcoming guests at the memorial lecture held in the main campus, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Michael Adikwu, lauded the efforts of late Ogbemudia for using his wealth of experience while alive to rescue the institution from the anomie it was in before he took over.
Adikwu said the late Chancellor do all that was needed to provide the much desired calming effect and stability that assisted the University to discharge its triad mandate as an academic institution.
“In recognition of General Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia’s lasting contributions to national development particularly at his last national duty post as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of our Governing Council, we decided to immortalize him by naming the University Library building after him”
He said that Ogbemudia will always be remembered for a lot of pride and gratitude for his labours in university of Abuja.
Delivering his lecture titled, “Nation Building and Development in Nigeria: The Ogbemudia factor” former Minister of Transport and guest speaker at the occasion, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, called on all Nigerians to emulate the lifestyle of late Ogbemudia.
He stated that the legacies created in the education sector by Ogbemudia would ever remain green, especially the establishment of University of Benin, which was first known as Midwest Institute of Technology ,MIT, with many others.
One of the contributory speakers at the memorial lecture, Adams Oshiomhole called on Nigerian elites to strive for a better society just as the late Chancellor did, and should forget ideas of thwarting the effort of leaders.
Oshiomhole, who is the immediate past Governor of Edo State, berated those insisting to have things to themselves and not for the interest of the country to have a rethink.