By: Valentine Adese,
Lar Foundation has organized a posthumous birthday in honour of the first civilian governor of Plateau state, “the Emancipator”, Chief Solomon Daushep Lar, at Langtang North Mini Stadium .
Speaking at the event in the stadium at Langtang North, the Chairman of the occasion and Chairman of “S.D, Lar Foundation”, Hon Samuel Mafuyai, disclosed that proactive steps should be taken towards supporting Lar's foundation to enable it sustain his legacies.
He called on Government at all levels, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), philanthropists and the general public to, as a matter of fact key in, particularly in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
He called for the renaming of Plateau state University Bokkos to Solomon Lar University.
He said, "I wish to call on the Plateau State government under the able leadership of Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, to kindly revisit the issues surrounding the naming of Plateau State University, Bokkos as Solomon Daushep Lar University. We feel that the naming of this citadel of learning to immortalize Lar was a step in the right direction, which was applauded by many.
"We are therefore, appealing to the state government to reconsider its decision of naming of the university after the late icon. The Plateau State Government should take a cue from Kano State, which named their state University after their renown orator, Alhaji Maitama Sule, by enacting an enabling law to that effect," he advised.
you would recall that the Sen. Jonah Jang’s administration had in December 2013, renamed the University after Lar at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, where his remains was formally received on arrival from London. But, to date that had remained a mere declaration, as nothing has changed in the University to that effect .
In her remarks, the former Plateau State Deputy Governor and now Chairman of the Board of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dame Pauline Tallen, said apart from being father to all, the late Lar had the fear of God and had always enjoined them to do everything with the fear of God, including politics.
She described Late Chief Lar as a detrabilized Nigerian and one, who is friendly to all irrespective of gender, class, tribe or religion. Adding that, “all hands must be on deck to ensure that his foundation is boosted.”
Similarly in his goodwill message, the Chairmanship candidate of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), Lantang North Local Government Area, Comrade Laven Ubandoma Joshua, said Lar took transformational politics with great seriousness and that he was peoples'-centered, as well as, “a symbol of unity to the entire country.”
Joshua, who acknowledged that he was mentored by Lar, said his foundation has already built goodwill and advancement in several areas in many communities since his demise.
The highlight of the event, includes, march pass by women and different groups, music and entertainment, lectures/goodwill messages, playlet, launching of magazine about Lar, among other things.
There was huge attendance as the stadium was filled to capacity.