Qudirat Hakeem-Apanpa, Ibadan
Six months after his death, activist lecturer Professor Festus Iyayi has been marked for honour by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The association has resolved to establish a foundation in honour of the don who died during the 2013 six months strike embarked upon by the union.
Professor Iyayi died on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in a car crash on his way to Kano to participate in the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of ASUU which was expected to declare an end to the strike.
The union also resolved to name its National Secretariat, located at the University of Abuja after the late activist. Iyayi was once president of the union.
This was contained in the resolution of the NEC, held at the University of Ibadan and made available to newsmen on Monday. It disclosed that the Iyayi foundation shall have components such as scholarships for indigent students, publications and literary awards.
The resolution, which was signed by the National President of the Union Dr. Nasir Fagge Isa, also condemned the imposition of fees by the Obafemi Awolowo University administration on students and their parents.
Apparently backing the students who have been protesting what they called unjustified increment of school fees by the university authorities, ASUU directed its members in OAU to ensure the reversal of the new imposed fees.
Describing the imposition of new fees as a violation of ASUU’s standing principle, the union warned against commercialization.
It said: “University education must be seen as public good. Something which anyone can consume as much as desired without reducing the amount available for others and individuals should not be prevented from consuming it whether or not the individual pay for it.
“The unity, security and development of our country depend on the quality and effectiveness of our university education. This must not be mortgaged at the altar of market forces and/or spurious loans conditionality.”