By Mohammed Oluwatimileyin Taoheed
On the 9th of June, 2022, a Facebook user identified simply as Saint Luke posted in a group named “UDUS Newsline” a claim that tertiary institutions will resume academic calendar as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria will end its ongoing national strike embarked upon by the union across the country since March 2022.
“School will resume on Monday,” he wrote on the Facebook group page.
The UDUS Newsline group page on Facebook has over 68,000 members.
The post, within a day, had garnered over 200 likes and 40 comments from members of the group.
But findings by The FactCheckHub revealed that the claim is FALSE.
Available public records show that the association is still in negotiations with the Nigerian government and yet to declare an end to its strike action.
The PUNCH on Monday, 13th of June, 2022 reported that the Federal Government of Nigeria through its Prof Nimi Briggs-led committee has resumed talks with representatives of unions in the nation’s universities.
It further reported that its investigations revealed that the committee would meet Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday (today) while the Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and allied institutions would have their meeting on Friday.
“We are meeting the FG committee in Abuja on Monday,” a source in ASUU said.
ASUU’s National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, in an interview, also told The PUNCH that meetings would resume this week.
“We are resuming the meeting this week and we have an invitation this week. The renegotiation meeting will only end if we have called off the strike.
“Since the strike is still on, the meeting cannot end. We do not have any problem with the committee. When we do, we will communicate with the committee,” he said.
When this reporter reached out to Prof. Osodeke, the academician described the claims as being bogus and not valid.
The claim is “not correct”, the ASUU president said.
Thus, the claim that school will resume on Monday is FALSE, as ASUU insists that the strike is still on.
This report has been updated to reflect that what the poster claimed never happened, as the strike action persists as of Monday, 22nd of June, 2022.