Name a major edifice at UCH after Late Akintola: OYHA to FG
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
Oyo State House of Assembly yesterday asked Federal Government to further immortalise former Premier of the defunct Western Region, Late Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola.
Moving a motion titled “Need to further immortalise the late Premier of Western Region, a former Aare Ona-Kakanfo of Yorubaland in Commemoration of the Golden Anniversary of his untimely demise,” Honourable Bimbo Olawumi Oladeji, representing Ogbomoso North Constituency said Late Chief Akintola who was responsible for the establishment of the University College Hospital Ibadan as a Federal Minister in 1953 also played a major role in the establishment of the Nigeria Airways in 1958 and laid the foundation of the Cocoa House, Premier Hotel as well as the founder of University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University ought to be further immortalized in a bid to appreciate his legacies in Nigeria.
According to Honourable Oladeji, a “Political Colossus and Enigma” like the Late Chief Akintola should be further immortalized most especially being that Akintola was one of the three patriotic citizens of the country that moved a motion for Nigeria’s independence.
The Labour Party lawmaker along with the Minority leader of the House, Hon. Joshua Olagunju emphasized that late Chief Akintola was able to bring the Yoruba race into the political mainstream of Nigeria under the Government of late Sir Tafawa Balewa.
The House however resolved to appeal to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Health to name a facility or major edifice at the UCH, ibadan after the late Premier who died during the first military coup that took place on January 15th, 1966.
At the plenary, it was also resolved to appeal to the executive arm of the state government to name a major monument or infrastructure such as University of Ibadan Secretarial to Queen Elizabeth Road junction after the late Premier.
The House also resolved to upgrade Akintola resting place at Ogbomoso to a museum that will have the status of an international tourist centre and to urge the House to honour the late Akintola as a former and pioneer parliamentarian on the floor of the House at a special session in the presence of his family members.