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Former ASUU President, Fashina was never missing —Ex-NLC scribe



Former ASUU President, Fashina was never missing —Ex-NLC scribe

Contrary to reports on social media that a former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Chairman of the Joint Action Front (JAF), an umbrella body for pro-labour civil society organisations (CSOs), Dr Dipo Fashina, was missing, a former Secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Owei Lakemfa, has said the retired academic was never missing.

Lakemfa dismissed social media report that the retired Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ife, Osun State, lecturer was missing, saying: “A person whose whereabout we knew, could not have been missing.”

Lakemfa made the denial in a statement on Monday titled “A bit of clarification is necessary on former ASUU President, Dr Dipo Fashina.”

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He said: “Dr Fashina travelled on Sat July 1, 2023 on the invitation of the Algerian Government. He missed the connecting flight on Sunday July 2 to Algiers from the Istanbul Airport. He tried to get another connecting flight but was unsuccessful.

“On Tuesday, July 4, he lost his phone and could subsequently not be reached directly. The next day, Wednesday, July 5, a Nigerian Ambassador was with him, but efforts to get a ticket reissue or a new ticket, failed because the flight was full.

“His original return date to Abuja was Friday July 7, 2023. But for yet unclear reasons, which may include the fact that he did not complete the first leg of his journey and his ticket was issued by Air Algiers and not directly by the Turkish Airlines, he could not get on the flight.

“Once he was not on that Friday night flight, his family, ASUU and comrades took immediate steps, including to send somebody to Istanbul, contacting the Diaspora Commission and the Nigerian Embassy in Turkey, which immediately despatched an official on Sunday morning to link up with Dr. Fashina and secured a Monday, July 10, 2023 (today) flight for him.”

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