Jang Renames State Varsity After Solomon Lar

 The Plateau State University has been renamed after the first Executive Governor of the state Chief Solomon Lar, who died recently in the United States after a brief illness.

Governor  Jonah Jang who 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. also declared a three-day mourning period in the state in honour of Lar.

Additionally, Jang declared 13th of March every year as public holiday in the state in a mark of honour to the late politician who is regarded at founding father of the state.

He said: “We have all gathered today to receive  Baba back home because of what  he means to Plateau State 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,” Jang announced.

“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.”

Federal Capital Territory Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan at the occasion described  the late 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.”

According to Mohammed, “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 rancor 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,  who was at the occasion also described Lar as an icon of Nigeria who would 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.”