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Again, FUOYE resumption announcement circulates on WhatsApp, school debunks

Claim: A viral post making rounds on social media has a claim that FUOYE management has declared tutorials and instructed the university’s students to resume. 

The Special Adviser to the VC on media matters has debunked the claim.  He clarified that the school cannot resume until the current Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) strike is called off. Aside from that, the Registrar whose name was used as the signatory for the publication has no link with FUOYE.

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On Sunday 17th April, an announcement started circulating on  WhatsApp groups and other social media platforms in relation to the students of Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE). The narrative was that the university management, under the leadership of Professor Sunday Abayomi, has “declared tutorials and instructed students to resume on the 27th of April, 2022. The post added that the information was made public in “a statement signed and made available to pressmen by the Registrar of FUOYE, Mr. Ganiyu Oke Saliu,” on Thursday 14th April, 2022.

The viral announcement further alleged that the tutorial became necessary in order to prepare students for the university’s examination which would commence as soon as the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) strike is called off.

While some students doubt the accuracy of such an announcement, other students already tired of the continuous strike wish it was true.

An example is one Oyinkansola who wished the message was real. “It should be real ooooo… I’m tired of staying at home,” Oyinkansola wrote.

Recently, DUBAWA fact-checked a similar announcement that was also eventually confirmed by the university’s vice-chancellor to be fake. 

Verification

The clear grammatical errors found in the body of the claim is the first red flag. Aside from the practice of official statements from the school being circulated in a memorandum format,  there is inaccuracy in the identity of the registrar. 

Currently, Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has an Acting Registrar whose name is different from the one that allegedly signed the circulating claim.

Mufutau A. Ibrahim is the name of FUOYE’s Acting Registrar. He also provided a copy of the souvenir that was distributed at the university’s convocation ceremony, held in December, 2021.

Mufutau A. Ibrahim’s being displayed as FUOYE’s Acting Registrar

Searching for the name, “Ganiyu Oke Saliu” on Google, DUBAWA came across a March, 2022 news article that referred to the bearer as the Registrar of Olusegun Agagu University of Science & Technology (OAUSTECH) located in Okitipupa, Ondo state.

Mr Ganiyu Oke Saliu, Registrar OAUSTECH

Also, during a visit to the university’s website, DUBAWA found another news article that referred to Mr. Ganiyu as the Registrar of OAUSTECH.

The Students’ Union Public Relations Officer of FUOYE, Adedokun Abolore, also debunked this viral claim through his WhatsApp status. He advised the students to always visit the union’s social media outlets for information.

Adedokun Abolore, debunking the viral claim

Also, Dubawa contacted Wole Balogun, the Special Adviser to the VC on Media Matters who also debunked the claim. 

“It is not possible, ASUU is on strike. We cannot do anything in school because ASUU is on strike now. This is not just possible at all,” Mr Balogun said.

He further clarified that “the Acting Registrar of FUOYE is Mr. Ibrahim Mufutau and not one Ganiu Oke Saliu. ”

Conclusion

The information being circulated about the resumption of Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) for tutorials during the current ASUU strike is false. The Special Adviser to the VC on media matters has debunked the claim. He said that the school cannot resume until the current Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) strike is called off. Not only that, the alleged Registrar whose name was used as the signatory of the information is not of FUOYE.

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