Rivers State House of Assembly has passed a bill renaming the state-owned polytechnic after late environmentalist, Kenule Saro-Wiwa.
The state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike had last week announced the renaming of the polytechnic in Bori after late Saro-Wiwa, after which he sent an executive bill to amend section 1 sub 1 of the Rivers State Polytechnic Law, No 2, 1989 to reflect the change.
Debating on the bill after the House was converted to a committee of the whole yesterday, lawmakers supported the bill’s passage, saying late Saro-Wiwa championed the struggle of the Niger Delta for resource control.
In their separate contributions, Honourables Dinebari Loolo (Khana II), Deeya Barine (Khana I), Jones Ogbonda (PHALGA I), and Christian Ahiakwo (ONELGA I), respectively, called on the House to pass the bill in order to immortalise the late rights activist.
Loolo, who is also the deputy leader, recalled that late Saro-Wiwa was the first commissioner for education of old Rivers State, describing him as the arrow head of the Niger Delta struggle.
Also, Ogbonda pointed out that the amendment bill brought back the memories of yesteryears, describing Saro-Wiwa as a man who invested his life in imparting knowledge on others through his books.
Commenting, Speaker Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani said Saro-Wiwa fought against environmental degradation and therefore deserved the recognition.
He called on people who find themselves in leadership positions to live a life that would earn them such honour even when they were no more.
With the amendment, the school will now be referred to as Kenule Benson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori, as all 25 lawmakers present at plenary voted in favour of the bill.


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