Umar Ganduje, Kano state governor, has approved the renaming of Northwest University to Yusuf Maitama Sule University.
Salhu Tanko Yakassi, spokesperson to the governor, in a statement on Thursday, said the decision was reached at an extraordinary meeting of the state executive council.
Maitama Sule, a former permanent representative to the United Nations, died this week in Cairo, capital of Egypt.
The one-time presidential aspirant was buried in Kano on Tuesday.
“The decision was unanimously agreed by the Executive Council during an extraordinary meeting of the council late last night to immortalize Late Danmasanin Kano Alhaji Dr Yusuf Maitama Sule due to his immense contributions to the development of Kano, Arewa and Nigeria at large,” the statement read.
“The Council also approved the renaming of Dawaki Road where the residence of Late Danmasanin Kano is located to Yusuf Maitama Sule Road while the current Yusuf Maitama Sule link Road has been renamed Jafaru Dan Mallam Link Road.
“The decision was reached after an extensive deliberation at the extraordinary council, and taking into account people’s calls from within and outaide Kano, for the state government to honour late Danmasanin Kano since his demise.
“Governor Ganduje’s administration is determined to honour sons and daughters of Kano who have sacrificed their lives to the development of the state.”