During Tuesday’s plenary, Senator Sharafadeen Alli (APC, Oyo South) sponsored a motion of national importance, using a Point of Order, which led to the resolution of the Red Chamber.
The late Akinkunmi, a retired civil servant and electrical engineer, died on August 29 at the age of 89. Although he was originally from Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, he spent his life in Ibadan.
Senator Alli presented his motion, calling for the immortalization of the national flag designer in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the country. He specifically requested that a national monument be renamed in honor of Akinkunmi.
Additionally, the lawmaker proposed the establishment of a historical initiative to document the achievements and contributions of the late Akinkunmi.
Senator Sadiq Umar, who supported the motion, emphasized the importance of immortalizing the late Akinkunmi with a national honour. He stated that it is essential for the younger generation to be aware of the accomplishments and contributions of the national flag designer to the nation’s progress.
All the senators who spoke on the motion emphasized the need for the Federal Government to bestow posthumous recognition on Akinkunmi.
In response, Senate President Godswill Akpabio instructed the members of the upper legislative chamber to observe a moment of silence in honor of the national flag designer.