There was confusion at the Federal University in Otuoke (FUO) in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State over the emergence of a mystery memo ordering the pull out of the institution from the ongoing strike ordered by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The memo, which was dated the 7th of March, 2022 with ref. number FUO/REG/CIR/03056 and purportedly issued from the office of the

registrar, Mr Yousuo Donald Iruo, claimed that the decision to pull out from the ongoing ASUU strike action was taken after a deliberation of the institution’s board.

It also ordered the immediate resumption of students from Wednesday 9th of March 2022 for the first semester academic session and that fresh students should ensure they complete their clearance before the resumption period.

But the chairman of ASUU, FUO chapter, Socrates Ebo and the student union president of the institution, Comrade Mcdonald Felix Blessing in a response to LEADERSHIP inquiry, denied knowledge of such deliberation and existence of a board to deliberate on the institution’s resumption.

Comrade Mcdonald Felix Blessing pointed out that the language used in the memo and the pattern with which it was drafted, showed it is a fake and unauthorised.

The chairman of ASUU, FUO chapter, Socrates Ebo in a short statement sent to LEADERSHIP stated that “Our attention has been drawn to the handiwork of fraudulent elements circulating a photo shopped document on social media claiming that the ongoing strike action has been called off by ASUU, FUO.

“This is false as ASUU FUO is on total and comprehensive strike. The registrar did not issue any such memo. ASUU, FUO did not hold any such meeting. The strike is total and comprehensive at FUO.”