ASUU; Everything you need to know

The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) was founded in 1978. ASUU is a Nigerian Union for academic staff in Nigerian Universities affiliated with the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC). ASUU succeeded Nigerian Association of University Teachers established in 1965.

ASUU has always been a militant in demanding for the right of university workers especially the academic staff.

The objective of ASUU was to

Regulate the relationship between academic staff and employers
Establish high standard of academic performance
Establish and maintain professional practice among members
Establish a proper condition of service for its members
Encourage the participation of members in the affairs of the university
Advance and protect the socio-economic and cultural interest of the country

ASUU have been active in the struggles against military regime in the 1980s. In 1988, the union went on an industrial strike for fair wages and university autonomy. However, ASUU was proscribed by the then Military Head of State do. ASUU activities were banned and their properties seized

In 1990, Ibrahim Babangida led administration lifted the ban on ASUU but was banned for the second time after a National Strike by the Union in August 1992.

In September 1992, the government met with the demands of the union one of which were rights of workers to collective bargaining.

In 1994, ASUU organized national strikes to protest the dismissal of some its staff by the General Sani Abacha regime. In 1996 they organized another national strike to that effect also.

In 2002, the then national president of the union Dr. Oladipo Fashina, petitioned the chairman of the Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to investigate the management of University of Ilorin over the mismanagement of the university funds.

Since the handover of power to civilians in 1999, ASUU has embarked on series of industrial strike in the interest of its members.

In 2007, ASUU embarked on a three months national strike, for improvement of salary scheme of university workers and reinstatement of lecturers who were dismissed years earlier.

In 2008, ASUU embarked on a two weeks warning strike to the same effect.

In 2009, ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike to protest a disagreement between the Federal Government and the union over an agreement reached years earlier. In October 2009, after three months of national strike, the union signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the federal government and the strike was called off.

In 2013, ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike which lasted for 5 months and 15 days. On the reasons for the strike ASUU demanded for revitalization of Nigerian public universities and payment of salary arrears in the tune of N92 billion.

In 2020, ASUU embarked on an national strike over the failure of the federal government to meet with the demands of the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement.

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