University students may have to endure some more days of their teachers’ strike, it emerged yesterday.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which would have reviewed the strike, was postponed indefinitely yesterday.
This is to enable the teachers mourn ASUU’s one-time President Festus Iyayi, a University of Benin (UNIBEN) professor, who was killed in an accident involving the convoy of Kogi State Governor Idris Wada on the Lokoja-Abuja highway on Tuesday.
Iyayi was travelling along with other ASUU officials to Kano enroute Abuja when the accident occurred. He died on the spot.
Teachers who converged on Bayero University Kano (BUK) left yesterday for their homes as ASUU President Nasir Fagge announced the indefinite suspension of the meeting.
‘’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 declared.
A student, who preferred not to be named, expressed sadness over the development. ‘’We are not happy with the situation because we have overstayed at home,’’ the student said.
Another student who spoke to liveschoolnews reporter appealed to ASUU to called off its five month-old strike, because it is students that bear the brunt of the strike.
Another urged 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.
‘’But we thought they would fix a new date for the meeting before leaving the venue,’’ he added.
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