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, Alhaji 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 Nov.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 Mr 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 good works’’.
The Speaker of the assembly, Alhaji 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.