by Segun Odeleye
One of the most problematic branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) – the University of Ilorin – was at its defiant best on Wednesday when it held a procession in honour of the late national president of the union, Professor Festus Iyayi.
The procession was in complete disregard to the order from the national body which barred its branches from undertaking any procession in honour of Iyayi until directed.
The union led by its chapter chairman, Professor Wahab Egbewole, moved across the length and breadth of the campus of the university to show their grief over the killing of the late professor along the Abuja-Lokoja Road last week by the convoy of the Kogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada.
Egbewole later told journalists that the UNILORIN branch would not accept any anti-progressive attitude.
“The union would not be in line with any group that fails to embrace progressive unionism. The era of anti- progressive attitude in the art of unionism would not be accepted so as to move the university system forward in the country,” he said.
He said: “We are not against being in line with the national leadership of the union but it has to be for progressive idea and not antagonistic to the development of university system in the country. As far as ASUU Unilorin is concerned, ours is to join hands to the growth of university system and not the one that will retard its growth.”
Egbewole stressed that: “We are vowing to use our blood to maintain this so as to add values to the educational growth of the university.”
Speaking about the late union leader, Egbewole said that Iyayi “was severely persecuted but still it did not stop him from rising to the course of the ASUU that everybody is now benefiting in the university system today.”