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Iyayi immortalised in Edo

09 December 2013, 10:39Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Edo State announced plans to immortalise the late President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Festus Iyayi.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole said the Ugbegun Grammar School would be rebuilt and renamed Festus Iyayi Memorial Grammar School.

He also said a water scheme will be constructed at Ugbegun and named after the late Iyayi.

“Some of the things we can remember about the late Iyayi were his consistency, commitment and doggedness and he paid the ultimate sacrifice.
He lived and died in the struggle and therefore we can in truth that the struggle was his life. We celebrate that God used him and his colleagues to put education on national discourse. God used him and his colleagues in ASUU such that today in every home the issue of state of education is on the front burner. It will no longer be convenient to downgrade the issue of education and because the future of countries are defined by its education and its human capital, what Iyayi and his colleagues have done and are doing is to put our future on discourse,” he said.

Oshiomhole added that Iyayi would sorely be missed.

“How do we remember him, how do we immortalise his name, when I visited his family house this morning, I said since Iyayi was also a contributor on how a worker can become the governor of Edo State, now that a worker is now the governor of the State, this community of Ugbegun, by next Monday I will deploy one of our industrial rigs to provide a water scheme which will be named as Festus Iyayi water scheme for the benefit of the people of this community. Iyayi struggled for the proper position of education and education is only about nations.

“The people of Edo state will agree with me is that one of the areas that government has tried to make a difference is rebuilding public schools that are as attractive as any private school in the State. When others are paying money to unidentified young men and women, in Edo, the Comrade President of ASUU, we decided to abolish school fees in both primary and secondary schools.”

Iyayi died recently in a car crash.

– CAJ News


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