Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir, Bauchi State Governor, has signed a bill repealing the initial 2010 law that established Bauchi State University Gadau, BASUG, into Sa’adu Zungur University into law.
Late Malam Sa’adu Zungur, a nationalist and poet, who hailed from Zungur, Bauchi local government, was instrumental in attaining Nigeria’s independence from British colonial masters in 1960 but died in 1958, two years before Nigeria’s independence.
The governor while signing the bill into law on Friday at the Government House Bauchi said the new law would immortalise the late elder statesman whose contributions to Nigeria’s democracy cannot be underestimated.
“The repeal of the 2010 Law and enactment of a new Law is in recognition of late Malam Sa’adu Zungur, a respected individual, a nationalist and scholar of repute,” he said.
Bala Mohammed had in a letter to the Bauchi State House of Assembly in July 2021, submitted an executive bill for a law to rename BASUG to Sa’adu Zungur University. The bill scaled second reading on July 8th 2021.
The members of the House voted in favour of the bill and sent it to the Committee on Education after the Speaker delivered the motion to the floor of the House for a voice vote.
This development came a few months after one of the late Sa’adu Zungur family members who doubled as a Chief Lecturer with the Department of Mass Communication Federal Polytechnic Bauchi Dr Adamu Muhammad Hamid called on the House to ensure speedy completion of the process of renaming BASUG to Sa’adu Zungur University following the assent to the bill seeking to rename the university by Governor Bala.