The Federal Government has said that the earlier ultimatum given to the striking workers of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resume academic activities on the 4th of December 2013 or risk being sacked, has been extended to the 9th of December 2013.
The Federal Government said the extension was to honour the late Festus Iyayi whose burial rites have been scheduled to hold between 5th and 7th of December 2013.
The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Julius Okojie, announced the new date while addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday December 3, 2013.
“Government decided to shift the deadline after it received notification of Prof. Festus Iyayi’s funeral rites slated for between December 5 and 7,” he said.
Prof. Okojie noted that the decision was to avoid a situation where the Federal Government and ASUU will have to deal with the ultimatum during the funeral of the former ASUU President.
“We just received information that the burial rites of Festus Iyayi begin on the 5th of December and would last till December 7, 2013.
“Based on this information, Government decided to shift the resumption deadline to December 9, to enable lecturers to participate in the burial,” the professor said.
The executive secretary said the directive had been communicated to the various University Governing Councils and Vice Chancellors for onward transmission to the academic staff.
It would be recalled that Prof. Festus Iyayi, a former President of ASUU, died in an auto crash on November 12, 2013 along Lokoja- Abuja.
Mr. Iyayi was on his way to ASUU meeting in Kano. The accident was reportedly caused by the convoy of the Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, which analysts say it’s suspicious.