by Segun Odeleye
The Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU) must have grown weary of its branch at the University of Ilorin. The branch does not join the national body during its agitations but enjoys the benefits fought for.
The latest confrontation between ASUU and a faction of the union in Ilorin has led the national body to place a ban on any procession in honour of the late President of the union, Prof. Festus Iyayi by the University of Ilorin. It described as illegal the planned procession by a faction of the union at the university led by Prof. Wahab Egbewole.
According to ASUU, it is still mourning Iyayi’s death and has not approved any procession for its branches.
It called the Egbewole faction an “illegal and court sacked faction.”
A procession notice had been signed by one Dr. Mrs. Binta O. Ibrahim belonging to the Egbewole faction of ASUU, intimating academic staff of planned procession in honour of the late ASUU president.
The national leadership of ASUU said the union will certainly not stand for any attempt by the illegal group in the University of Ilorin to desecrate the memory of Prof. Iyayi
In a release issued in Ibadan on Tuesday and signed by the Zonal Coordinators of Ilorin and Ibadan zones, Dr. Ayan Adeleke and Dr. Adesola Nasir respectively, titled: “DO NOT DESECRATE THE MEMORY OF OUR LATE PRESIDENT,” said “The attention of the union has been drawn to attempts by a group led by Prof. Wahab Egbewole of the University of Ilorin to desecrate the memory of the late former President of our union, Prof. Festus Iyayi, by issuing a notice of a so called “procession” for him at the University of Ilorin.”
ASUU said Prof. Egbewole has been expelled from the union, while his group has been declared illegal by the National Industrial Court.