Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities goes on strike

The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) have gone on a nationwide strike. This followed a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Union held at the University of Port-Harcourt on Wednesday 30th November and Thursday 1st December 2011. The Council directed ‘’all members of ASUU in all branches nationwide to proceed on a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike beginning from the midnight of Sunday, 4th December 2011. ‘’

The Council further said. ‘’for the avoidance of doubt, a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike means: No teaching, no examination, no grading of scripts, no project supervisions, no inaugural lectures, no appointments and promotions meeting, no statutory meetings (Council, Senate, Boards etc) or other meetings directed by governments or their agencies.’’

The National Executive Council (NEC) blames the Federal Government of Nigeria for being ‘’manifestly unwilling to genuinely implement’’ ‘’the core components of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement after more than two years of its signing…’’

Bosoma Sheriff

Reader in Oral Literature in October 2007 at the University of Maiduguri, currently the Head of Department of English and French, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina.


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4 Responses to Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities goes on strike

  1. This post falls in my inbox the same day the National Union of Higher Education Teachers has also gone on strike in Senegal. Government neglect and sabotaging of agreements signed after several years is also one of the main drivers of frequent strikes in Higher education. This time around, rate and amount of wages is a concern besides conditions for better performance in the wake of the (bad and incomplete) implementation of new reforms in teaching and assessment by professorial staff. But it must be said that when teachers want to assess students and refuse their being assessed by the latter, for the sake of successful reforms of higher education, they offer fine pretexts to governments in blocking reforms that may cost them lack of political grip on university life. In this sense, I wonder whether a similar feature is found in Nigerian higher education, Teachers’ Union become accomplice to state poor performance and blockade of education reform that need to be pushed forward and straight.

    • Hi Aboubakr,

      Thanks very much for your comment. It is fascinating to know what is simultaneously happening in Senegal.What would you see as the solution to these impediments to reform? Also, if you are happy I may replicate this post on the main page as I think it would be of interest to many people; would that be acceptable?



  2. Salim Abba says:

    The Federal Government should respect the 2009 FG/ASUU agreement so,that discrepancy in the academic activities of the Nation’s Ivory Tower should be overcome in a due time.

  3. Sunday Abah says:

    Thanks for taking the right decision.

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