ASUU suspends NEC meeting over Iyayi’s death

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its National Executive Council meeting planned to hold in Kano on Wednesday, the union’s President, Dr Nasir Fagge, has announced.

Fagge announced the decision at a news briefing in Kano on Wednesday and explained that the union found it necessary to suspend the meeting following the sudden death of Prof Festus Iyayi.

Iyayi, a former president of the union, died in a motor accident in Lokoja on Tuesday, while he was going for the meeting at which the union was expected to decide on its nearly five-month-old strike.

Fagge described the death of Iyayi as a great loss to the country and added that the deceased was a strong pillar of the union.

“You (journalists) have to bear with us because we are in mourning because we lost one of us, who was a strong pillar,’’ he said.

Chairmen of various branches of the union who came for the meeting left for their stations from Bayero University, Kano, where the meeting was scheduled to hold.

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