The Senate has called on the Federal Government to immortalize the late designer of the Nigerian flag, Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, who passed away recently in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The resolution in the red chamber was a sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Sharafadeen Ali (APC, Oyo South) through his command point on matters of national importance during the plenary session on Tuesday.
The late Mr. Akinkunmi, a former civil servant and electrician by profession, passed away on August 29 at the age of 89.
He was originally from Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, but lived his entire life in Ibadan.
Mr. Ali tabled a motion demanding that the national flag designer be immortalized to honor his achievements and contributions to the development of the country.
Specifically, the lawmaker called on the federal government to rename the national monument after the late Akinkunmi.
He called for the establishment of a historical initiative to record the achievements and contributions of the deceased.
In his contribution, Senator Sadiku Umar (APC, Kwara North), who seconded the motion, noted that the late Mr. Akinkunmi should be immortalized in national honour.
According to him, such an immortal presence is needed to make the younger generation aware of the achievements and contributions of flag designers to the development of the country.
All the senators who contributed to the motion stressed that the federal government should pay tribute to the late Mr. Akinkunmi.
In his address, Senate President Godswill Akpabio instructed senators to observe a minute’s silence in honor of the architect of the national flag.