Lokoja - The Kogi House of Assembly on Tuesday in
Lokoja resolved to constitute a delegation to go to Benin and
commiserate with the family of the late Prof. Festus Iyayi.
The resolution came after the assembly adopted a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Yakubu Yunusa, at plenary.
Yunusa had in the motion called for the constitution of a powerful
delegation from the assembly to go to Benin and commiserate with the
family of the late Iyayi.
"The late professor, who was a former President of ASUU and
author, was a leader who devoted and sacrificed his all for the country.
"The accident which claimed the life of the professor November 12 was unfortunate," he said.
The majority leader noted that Iyayi had made his marks on the sand
of time, and that the deceased would be remembered for his positive
contributions to the development of humanity and the country.
Yunusa however frowned at comments arising from the accident, saying they had mostly portrayed the state in bad light.
"No one can predict what will happen, just as no one is happy about the accident which claimed the life of Iyayi," he said.
The motion was seconded by Friday Sani (PDP-Igalamela/Odolu), who
noted that Iyayi’s death had robbed the country of the services of an
erudite professor and unionist of note.
Sani, who described Iyayi as a man to reckon with, said "even
though death has snatched him, it is not strong enough to obliterate his
The Speaker of the assembly, Momoh-Jimoh Lawal, in his
contribution, prayed for the repose of the soul of the late University
of Benin lecturer.
The assembly later observed a one-minute silence in honour of the deceased.