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The union was active in struggles against the military regime during 1980s. In 1988 the union organized a national strike to obtain fan wages and university autonomy. As a result the Asuu was proscribed on August 7, 1988 and all its property seized. It was allowed to resume in 1990 but after another strike was again banned on August 23, 1992. However, an agreement was reached on September 3 1992 that met several of the unions’ demands including the right of workers to collective bargaining. The Asuu organized further strikes in 1994 & 1996, protesting against the dismissal of staff by the Sani Abacha military regime.
After the return to democracy in 1999 with the Nigeria fourth Republic the union continued to be militant in demanding the rights of university workers against opposition by the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo in July 2002 Dr Oladipo Fashina, national President of Asuu petitioned Justice Mustapha Akanbi of the independent corrupt practices commission to investigate the authorities of the university of Ilorin for financial mismanagement and corruption. In 2007, the Asuu went on strike for 3 months, In May 2008, the Asuu held two one – week’ warning strike’ to press a range of demands including an improved salary scheme and reinstatement of 49 teachers who were dismissed many years ago.
In June 2009 the Asuu ordered its members in federal and state universities nation wide to proceed on an indefinite strike over disagreements with the federal government’s on an agreement it reach with the union about two and a half years ago.
After 3 months of strikes, in October, 2009 the Asuu and other staff unions signed a memorandum of understanding with the government and called off the industrial action.
The last Asuu strike which started on 4 December 2011. It is an indisputable fact the Nigeria governor under the leadership of President Jonathan has failed with the negotiation Asuu added no meaningful effort have arrived the lecturers who are been neglected, Asuu storms from the inability of the federal government failed to honor its 2009 agreement to adequately fund universities in the country and implement 70 year retirement limit for members. A quick look at Asuu’s demand shows that both sides really needed to sort out issues once and for all. The demand that 28% of the budget be given to education makes more sense but it can not be applied in all cases. However, President Jonathan showed a lot of determination to improve this sector.
Also the lecturers demanded for the promotion of research and development units as it is done in the developed countries. This will make Nigerian stand out over their counterpart. They said that Nigerian universities are not properly funded to do research and always take back seat when compared to others.
The lecturers demanded back dating the payment of allowances which the finance minister (Ngozi Okonjo Iweala) said she has soughted out alternative source of finance rather than budget to help them implement the agreement once and for all; saying they will use non budgetary sources of funds like the NNPC, the TET and so on to implement the payment. On this note the strike came to an end on February 2012. Reference – Business news for press release.


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