Friday, December 6, 2013
Jang Renames State Varsity after Lar
Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang Friday, renamed the State
University after the late Chief Solomon Lar, regarded as the founding
father of the old Plateau state, who passed on recently in the United
States of America after a brief illness.
This is as Professor Jerry Gana described Lar as the Mandela of
Nigeria, and said he would be greatly missed especially his belief in
The Governor made the disclosure at the General Aviation Terminal of
the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, while receiving the
large contingent of both government officials and families members who
accompanied the corpse from the U.S.
As a mark of respect, Jang declared three days mourning in the honour
of the late political icon beginning from Wednesday to Friday next
week. In addition, the governor equally declared 13th of March every
year as public holiday in the state as a mark of honour to the late
He said: "We have all gathered today to receive baba back home
because of what he means to Plateau and Nasarawa states, which he
governed when the two states were one. That is why Nasarawa State is
participating in this burial fully, Bauchi state is also participating
in this burial fully.
"I want to take this opportunity to announce that and declaring three
days of mourning from 11-13 December in Plateau State. I am also
declaring the day of the burial, 13 of December, a work free day in
Plateau state as Solomon Lar's Day.
"We have decided in Plateau state to honour baba in a special way and
for this reason, I am renaming the Plateau state University ''Solomon
Daushep Lar University."
In his remarks, the President, who was represented by Senator Bala
Mohammed, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), described
Lar as a statesman and a legendary, who came and conquered, who
brought peace to bear in the life of so many Nigerians.
''It is indeed a coincidence that we are receiving here a great man in
the federal capital territory Abuja when another great African,
President Nelson Mandela died.
It is not a usual coincidence because they have fought gallantly, they
have brought emancipation but peacefully without violence. They
brought reconciliation to the table.
Today, we are witnessing a South Africa that is free of rancour and
division. Today we are celebrating a great man, who was the first
Chairman of our party, which has grown from strength to strength."
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Alhaji Bamangar
Tukur, described Lar as an icon of Nigeria who will be missed by all.
Tukur said: ''He was a great son of Nigeria, a light in the political
island, and we will miss him greatly."