Supervisory Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, at the weekend led a delegation of government on a condolence visit to the residence of the late ASUU President, Festus Iyayi, in Benin City.
The Minister had during the visit assured that the Federal Government would implement all the agreements it reached with the Union, especially after talks with President Goodluck Jonathan.
On the delegation were, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Julius Okojie, and some top officials of Federal Ministry of Education.
Responding, Iriabure Iyayi, son of the late ASUU president, thanked President Jonathan, the Minister of Education and all Nigerians for their care and concern.
A relative of the deceased, Prof. Robert Ebiwele, informed the Minister that the burial will hold between December 5 and 9.
He assured that the family would inform the Federal Ministry of Education on the burial arrangements.
Meanwhile, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister’s Special Assistant (Media), Simeon Nwakaudu, said Wike solicited the permission of the family to allow the Federal Government participate in the burial ceremony of the former ASUU president.
“President Goodluck Jonathan and the entire administration are deeply pained by the sudden death of the former ASUU National President who played a key part in the negotiations between ASUU and the Federal Government.
“We recall the significant contributions of Professor Iyayi during the 13-hour negotiations between President Jonathan and ASUU, which led to a headway in the discussions.
“I want to assure the family that the ideals that the late scholar fought and died for will never be forgotten. The Federal Government will diligently implement the decisions reached in the course of negotiations with ASUU.
“The Federal Ministry of Education wishes to be a part of the burial of this erudite scholar and we seek the permission of the family to participate in the burial. I pray God to grant the family the strength to bear this unfortunate loss,” the statement said.