The Federal University, Ndufu-Ikwo in Ebonyi State has been renamed after the late former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, by the Federal government.
This was announced by the Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, on Friday at Oko, Anambra State during the burial of Mr. Ekwueme.
According to the Vice President, the renaming has already been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, who said the renaming was to honour Mr. Ekwueme for his contributions to national development.
The late Alex Ekwueme was Vice president of Nigeria between 1979 and 1983; he died Last year and was buried at Oko, his hometown on 2 ND Feb. 2018.
The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, described the development as a welcome one and part of his administration’s educational policy.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, Governor Umahi commended the Federal government for appreciating and rewarding his educational policy by renaming a Federal government university in the state after the former Vice President of Nigeria.
The Late former Vice president was credited with the idea of creating the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria when he was a member of the National Constitutional Conference in 2005.
He attended the Prestigious Kings College, Lagos and had his University education abroad.
Mr. Ekwueme trained and qualified as an architect, a sociologist and a lawyer.
He founded the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State and set up a foundation that offered thousands of scholarships to people from the Old Aguata region.