The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has renamed the State Polytechnic, Bori after the late author and environmental rights activist from Ogoniland, Ken Saro-Wiwa.
Wike explained that the renaming of the institution located in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of the state Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic was in honour of the late activist’s achievements and legacies.
The governor, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Thursday, said Saro-Wiwa fought selflessly for the good of the society and humanity.
He explained that the former Ogoni leader and his achievements should not be consigned to the dustbin of history, saying Saro-Wiwa was known and revered beyond the shores of Nigeria.
“In honour of his monumental achievements and legacies, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has renamed the Rivers State Polytechnic in Bori as Ken Ule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic.
“The memories of avatars like the late Saro-Wiwa, who fought selflessly for the betterment of society and humanity, should not be consigned to oblivion, more so, when such personalities are revered beyond the shores of the country,” Wike said in the statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Opunabo Inko-Tariah.
Wike also recalled the achievements of the late activist, especially as the sole administrator of Bonny and the first Commissioner for Education in Rivers State.
He said Saro-Wiwa played a major role in the Niger Delta struggle that eventually consumed him, describing him as an everlasting monument.