by Segun Odeleye
The latest demand by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has nothing to do with the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the union. In fact, the demand was even made by a branch of the union which is not even partaking in the strike action – the University of Ilorin branch. What they want is for the Federal Government to ban the use of sirens by public office holders in the country.
The union made the call in Ilorin on Monday in a release signed by its Chairman, Dr. Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju, on the death of former ASUU president, Prof. Festus Iyayi.
Oloruntoba-Oju called on the government to see Iyayi’s tragic death as a wake-up call on the use of convoys and sirens by government functionaries.
“We call for a declaration of emergency to tackle the death traps that we call roads in this country. The carnage must stop,” said Oloruntoba-Oju.
He said that convoys should not convey death to the masses nor should they terrorise the governed whose taxes are used to buy the cars, pay drivers and ensure their maintenance.
“We join our voices to that of the governor of Lagos State who has clamoured incessantly for a stop to the use of sirens to terrorise citizens,” he added.
Oloruntoba-Oju said that ASUU had declared seven days mourning period for the late former ASUU president from November 13 to November 19.