ASUU Suspends NEC Meeting over Iyayi’s Death

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Festus Iyayi

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Following the death of the former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities Prof. Festus Iyayi in a car crash on Tuesday, the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union scheduled to hold Wednesday at the Bayero University Kano (BUK) was suspended indefinitely by the council.

The late Iyayi was travelling with two other lecturers by road to Kano from Lokoja for the NEC meeting, where the union was supposed take a decision on the ASUU strike, when the bus he was travelling in was involved in a ghastly accident with a motorcade belonging to the Kogi State Governor Capt. Idris Wada.

The former ASUU president was said to have died on the spot while his colleagues who sustained varying degrees of injuries where rushed to a hospital in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Speaking on the tragedy, ASUU National President Dr. Nasir Fagge told reporters in Kano yesterday that the union deemed it necessary to suspend the meeting following the sudden death of Iyayi.

He said: “You (journalists) have to bear with us because we are in a mourning mood over the loss of one of us, who was a strong pillar.”
Fagge, who described the death of Iyayi as a great loss to the country, said the deceased was a strong pillar of the union.

But the postponement of the meeting did not go down well with students, as a BUK student who spoke to journalists on the condition of anonymity, expressed frustration over the development, adding, “We are not happy with the situation because we have overstayed at home.”

Also, another student appealed to ASUU to fix a new date for the meeting in order to resolve the lingering crisis. “We are not really happy but since it is the death of their member, they were right to have suspended the meeting.”

At the time of filing this report, the chairmen of various ASUU chapters were seen departing the ASUU secretariat in the old BUK campus for their respective destinations.


Source: This Day


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