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What is the meaning of ASUU

What is the meaning of ASUU

ASUU is an acronym that’s very common among Nigerian students and academias. The word ASUU stands for Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), a union of Nigerian university staff, and it was founded in 1978. When you hear ASUU, this means you are referring to the people in charge of Nigerian universities. Oftentimes, they are always on strike due to salary issues and funding. Sometimes ASUU strikes last for months and students are kept away from classes until the issues are resolved. 

About ASUU

According to Wikipedia, The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is a Nigerian union of university academic staff, founded in 1978. ASUU is an offshoot of the Nigerian Association of University Teachers (NAUT) which was established in 1965. At that time, NAUT consisted of only 5 universities in total including the University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Ife, and the University of Lagos. Professor Victor Emmanuel Osodeke emerged as the body’s president on 30 May 2021.

ASUU was established in 1978 to represent the interests of all academic staff in Federal and State universities in Nigeria. It is the successor organization to the Nigerian Association of University Teachers, which was established in 1965. 

Some universities are part of ASUU but are not part of the organization as a whole they include:

1. Federal University located in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.

2. The Federal University of Ilorin, also known as Unilorin.

3. Delta State University, Abraka – popularly known as DELSU.


In the 1980s, the Union actively participated in movements against the military government. The union orchestrated a national strike in 1988 to win fair pay and autonomy for universities. 

As a result, the ASUU was declared prohibited on August 7, 1988, and all of its assets were taken. After another strike, it was permitted to continue in 1990, but on August 23, 1992, it was once more outlawed. On September 3, 1992, a deal was finally negotiated that addressed several of the union’s objectives, including the right of employees to engage in collective bargaining. In 1994 and 1996, the ASUU conducted additional strikes to protest the military government of Sani Abacha’s firing of employees.

Despite resistance from President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, the union persisted in demanding the rights of university employees after democracy was restored in Nigeria in 1999 with the establishment of the Fourth Republic. 

Dr. Oladipo Fashina, the union’s national president at the time, petitioned Justice Mustapha Akanbi of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission in July 2002 to look into allegations of financial mismanagement and corruption against the University of Ilorin’s administration.

The ASUU went on a three-month strike in 2007. 

To pursue several demands, including an improved compensation structure and the reinstatement of 49 academics who had been fired many years before, it held two one-week “warning strikes” in May 2008. 

ASUU instructed its members to go on an indefinite strike in June 2009 at federal and state colleges across the country due to issues with the federal government over an agreement it had made with the union around two and a half years earlier. 

After three months of strikes, the union and other employee unions agreed to an agreement with the government in October 2009, ending the industrial action. 

On July 1, 2013, ASUU began a new strike, which lasted five months and fifteen days before being ended on December 16 of the same year. 

ASUU’s arguments about the strike are mostly focused on the funding and resuscitation of Nigeria’s public universities as well as a specific earned allowance that it asserts is 92 billion naira in arrears. 

Before the ASUU strike was called, some Nigerian students claimed the strike was a curse, while others claimed it was a godsend.

While the association continues to insist that it is fighting for Nigerian tertiary education and, by extension, Nigerian students, many Nigerians believe that this so-called fight, which has been characterized by constant strike activities, is malevolent and self-serving. 

ASUU, which continues to struggle with efficient communication with the Nigerian people without appearing haughty and condescending, hasn’t helped their image.

ASUU Strike From 1999 Till Date

1 1999 5 months

2 2001 3 months

3 2002 2 weeks

4 2003 6 months

5 2005 2 weeks

6 2006 3 days

7 2007 3 months

8 2008 1 weeks

9 2009 4 months

10 2010 5 months

11 2011 59 days

12 2013 5 months

13 2017 1 months

14 2018 3 months

15 2020 9 months

16 2022 4 weeks

17 2022 2 months

18 2022 February 14, 2022 – present

SOURCE – Wikipedia

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