Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the change of name for the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi to Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi.
Ortom on Thursday also appreciated the National Assembly for passing the bill which sought to effect the institution’s change of name as he specially commended the Member representing Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency, John Dyegh who sponsored the bill.
“We appreciate John Dyegh for reminding the entire nation and the President that there was a need to immortalise our father and hero of this land,” he said.
The governor said that the late Senator J.S. Tarka left indelible footprints on the political and economic landscape of the country and deserved to be accorded the honour as it has been done to other notable sons and daughters of the nation.
He added, “Today, the likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sadauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello and several other heroes of our land have been immortalised and so we appreciate Mr. President for honouring our great son.”