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ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) is a Nigerian union comprising academic staff in public universities.
ASUU is a powerful union that has won significant concessions from the government in the past.
It was formed in 1978 to advocate for the welfare and working conditions of university lecturers and to promote quality education in Nigeria.
ASUU often engages in negotiations with the federal government to address issues such as funding for universities, improved infrastructure, better salaries, and academic freedom.
However, the government has been increasingly resistant to ASUU’s demands in recent years.
In 2022, ASUU declared a one-month strike, beginning February 14, 2022.
Some of the lecturer’s demands include the revitalization of public universities, earned allowance, improved funding of state universities, and promotion arrears.
On the 7th of March 2022, Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu inaugurated a committee to renegotiate 2009 agreement with ASUU.
The seven-man panel has Prof. Emeritus Nimi Briggs, Pro-Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University (AEFU), Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, as chairman.
On March 14, ASUU extended the strike by 8 more weeks.
The Federal Government eventually met ASUU on April 11, 2022, exactly 56 days since the commencement of the strike.
On May 9, ASUU extended the strike by an additional 12 weeks, and the strike reached six months without resolution, making it one of the longest ASUU strikes in history.
On August 1, 2022, ASUU extended the strike by another four weeks.
The FG met ASUU on August 16, 2022, to continue negotiations, with ASUU promising to suspend the strike if its demands were met, but the meeting ended in deadlock.
ASUU subsequently said it would begin consultation on the next line of action.
ASUU local chapters at ABU, BUK, UDUS, OAU voted for continuation and declaration of an indefinite strike in response to government’s offer.
State universities such as Benue State University, TASUED, Adekunle Ajasin University, Kano State University of Technology have also insisted on prosecuting the strike to its logical conclusion.
ASUU Strike Update
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) has upheld the federal government’s “no work, no pay” rule against the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The court ruled that ASUU was not entitled to salary during the period it went on strike.
Justice Benedict Kanyip said that the federal government was within its rights to withhold salaries of workers who go on strike. He described the “no work, no pay” rule as “perfectly legal.”
The court ruled that it violated university autonomy for the government to impose the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform on ASUU members.
The court said that ASUU may determine how its members’ salaries are paid.
ASUU went on strike on February 14, 2022, over issues including the revitalization of public universities and a review of lecturers’ salaries and allowances.
The strike lasted for eight months, and the NICN ruling was made on May 30, 2023.
ASUU had challenged the “no work, no pay” rule in the court of appeal, but the court asked the parties to explore the option of an out-of-court settlement.
The strike was eventually called off on October 14, 2022, with none of the outstanding issues being resolved.
The strike had a significant impact on students who could not attend classes or graduate on time.
It also had a negative impact on the economy, as businesses lost money because of the disruption of academic activities.
ASUU Strike Update Today
As of today, the ASUU strike, which began on February 14, 2022, is still ongoing.
ASUU and the federal government have been meeting to agree, but no progress has been made so far.
Students and parents are growing increasingly frustrated with the strike, as it has disrupted the academic year and caused financial hardship for many families.
The government has said that it is committed to resolving the strike, but it is unclear when that will happen.
In the meantime, students are being advised to continue their studies on their own and to prepare for the possibility that the strike could continue for some time.
Here are some of the latest developments in the ASUU strike:
- On June 13, 2023, ASUU met with the federal government’s negotiation team, but the meeting ended with no progress being made.
- On June 27, 2023, ASUU issued a statement saying that the strike would continue until the government meets its demands.
- On July 1, 2023, the federal government said that it is committed to resolving the strike, but it is unclear when that will happen.
We will continue to update you on the ASUU strike as more information becomes available.
The union has had 11 presidents since its founding in 1978.
|Prof. I.O. Agbede||1977||1978|
|Dr. B.A. Ogundimu||1979||1980|
|Prof. Biodun Jeyifo||1980||1982|
|Dr. Mahmud Modibbo Tukur||1982||1986|
|Prof. Festus Iyayi||1987||1990|
|Prof. Attahiru Mohammed Jega||1990||1994|
|Prof. Assissi Asobie||1994||2000|
|Dr. Dipo Fashina||2000||2004|
|Dr. Abdullahi Sule-Kano||2004||2008|
|Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie||2008||2012|
|Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge||2012||2016|
|Prof Biodun Ogunyemi||2016||2021|
|Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke||2021||present|