The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has become the butt of jokes on social media after a Twitter account purportedly belonging to it misspelt “cooperation” as “corporation”.
A Monday tweet from the handle @ASUUNGR was headlined, “ASUU Chairman Asks Nigerian Students For Their Corporation”.
Two follow-up tweets read, “Students who are our children and partners in progress should show understanding, what we are asking from the government are in their interest and the interest of the nation, good hostel accommodation, good classroom blocks that can engender effective learning, laboratories where cutting edge research can be carried out and offices that can drive the process of quality university education.
“So what we are asking of the government are not baseless things, but those things that in 2012, the government conducted during a needs assessment survey and found out that there is widespread rot and decay in the university system.”
While cooperation is defined as “the action or process of working together to the same end”, a corporation is a “large company or group of companies authorised to act as a single entity and recognised as such in law”.
ASUU Chairman Asks Nigerian Students For Their Corporation pic.twitter.com/VXICyd1G8a
— Official_ASUU (@ASUUNGR) August 24, 2020
Many Nigerians who commented on the error noted that such elementary error should not be emanating from the official pages of Nigeria’s topmost teachers.
However, The Herald can report that the account, which has 58,800 followers as of 12:30 pm today, does not belong to ASUU.
In a disclaimer dated March 4, 2019, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, described the Twitter account as “spurious”.
He urged Nigerians to beware of the account, adding that views emanating from it should not be mistaken as coming from the leadership of the union.
Ogunyemi emphasised that ASUU did not maintain any social media account.
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