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Senate suggests renaming Ibadan airport after Ajimobi

By NewsDesk, with Agency report

Senators at upper chamber of National Assembly have suggested the remaining of Ibadan Airport after late immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi as a way of honoring and immortalizing the former senator who died recently after a brief illness.

They, through a resolution, made the suggestion after adoption of a  motion on “The Demise of Sen. Abiola Ajimobi” sponsored by Sen. Buhari Abdulfatai (APC-Oyo) and co-sponsored by Sen. Teslim Folarin.

The lawmakers who debated the lives and times of immediate past Governor during plenary on Tuesday affirmed that the former senator devoted most of his adult life for the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians.

Ajimobi, who was also a former senator died on June 25 following COVID-19 complications.

The upper chamber also resolved to send a high powered delegation to commiserate with the family of the late senator, the Oyo State Government, and the good people of Oyo.

Moving the motion, Abdulfatai said that Ajimobi became a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2003 and rose to become a Principal Officer in the Senate, serving as Deputy Minority Leader.

“He contested the governorship election under the umbrella of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2007 but lost.

“He contested again in 2011 under the All Progressives Congress (APC) and was elected in a keenly contested election.

“As the incumbent, he contested for a second term in an election that took place on April 11, 2015, under the APC against two of his predecessors in office.

“In the event of his re-election into office as the governor, he achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the first person to occupy the highest seat twice,” he said.

Supporting the motion, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun (APC-Ogun) said that Ajimobi was a jovial and hardworking person.

Meanwhile, the upper chamber has passed for first reading five bills.

The bills included the National Institute for Brackish Water Fisheries Research Ngo-Adoni bill sponsored by Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi; National Primary Health Development Agency bill, sponsored by Sen. Degi-Eremienyo Biobarakuma; Federal University, Dutsin-Ma bill, sponsored by Sen. Babba Kaita.

Others were Institute of Information and Communication Technology Uga bill, sponsored by Sen. Ifeanyi Uba and Institute of Risk and Disaster Management bill sponsored by Sen. Umar Suleiman.

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