That which we call a rose by any other name will smell as sweet”. William Shakespeare. (Romeo And Juliet).
Knowledge cannot live in a closet. It breaks free from enclosures to rule the mind in time and space. The University is a place of knowledge. It creates, gathers and propagates knowledge without respect to human boundaries or political hamstrings.
To give a university a name that effectively limits it’s capacity and potential for the free pursuit of knowledge is to create a caricature of a place of learning not worthy of the present age or the needs of todays society. In the end, a university is built to serve the needs of society.
So why not call a university just a university? Why cap it’s potential for growth by giving it monikers that limit its capacity to seek certain types of knowledge?
The gathering of the clan yesterday in Agbor to seek a name for the University to be created out of the College of Education Agbor was an exercise in futility for the reason that it does not take a gathering of the clan to give a university a name. The university is the property of Government not of the clan. You don’t name a property you don’t own.
Why is it difficult to just call it university of Agbor and specify the number of faculties that may be funded at startup? Traditionally, universities are named for towns not what is taught. Oxford, Ibadan, Ilorin, Abuja etc. All of these universities (except Oxford) are owned by Government.
Why attach monikers to a public place of learning to limit it’s capacity to seek knowledge? Why not let a university seek out its own specialties and strength in scholarship?
What can possibly inform limitations to be placed on the human mind and his need to learn?
Some provincial minds and persons are creating tumult and controversy where there should be none. The university is not owned by the clan but by Government and only the Government can name it’s own institution. Our appeal is for Government to act in good faith in order to create good order. @basilokoh.