By Akin Akande, Abuja
As part of activities marking the golden jubilee anniversary of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) on Tuesday unveiled a postage stamp designed in honour of the founder of the university and the first Premier of the old Northern Region, late Sir Ahmadu Bello.
According to the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobolanle Johnson, Sir Ahmadu Bello, whose portrait is appearing for the first time on Nigerian postage stamp was being honoured for his contributions the to political and educational development of the country.
“It is worthy of note that this great patriot who strode Nigeria’s political landscape like a colossus made numerous contributions to Nigeria’s political emancipation and socio-economic development. The success story of the Ahmadu Bello University remains one of his legacies” she said.
Speaking further, she said ” these stamps are produced not only to celebrate the golden age of Ahmadu Bello University as a prestigious citadel of learning in Nigeria but also to document for posterity the noble contributions and lifestyle of our great leader who left his footprints in the sands of time”
The Minister noted that ABU was making history as the second tertiary institution after the University of Ibadan to achieve a philatelic status.
The University of Ibadan, she disclosed, had in 1973 and 1998 used postage stamps to highlight its contributions to Nigeria’s educational, cultural and economic growth.
She gave assurance that NIPOST would remain consistent in ensuring that the major events in the country are documented for posterity through the issuance of special and commemorative stamps.
Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor, ABU, Zaria, Professor Abdullahi Mustapha said the issuance of the stamps was part of the university’s modest efforts to immortalise its hero and founder.