History Of ASUU Strike In Nigeria From 1960 Till Date

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1. 1999

The 1999 ASUU strike lasted for 5 months.
After the end of the military era in 1999, Nigerians ushered in democracy and a government that promised to be people oriented. But it didn’t take long for Nigerian students to experience a disruption in their academic pursuit. Few months after the Obasanjo-Atiku administration was sworn-in, ASUU embarked on a nationwide strike and it lasted for five months.

2. 2001

The 2001 ASUU strike lasted for 3 months.
In 2001, ASUU declared another strike over issues that are related and the reinstatement of 49 lecturers sacked at the University of Ilorin. The industrial action was aggravated when the then President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo described Nigerian university lecturers as “a bunch of lazy and ungrateful people” The strike was called off after three months.

3. 2002

The 2002 ASUU strike lasted for 2 weeks.
Having had an agreement with the Federal Government during the previous strike, the union was forced to embark on another industrial action on Sunday, December 29, 2002, after the Obasanjo administration failed to implement the agreement. The strike lasted for only two weeks.

4. 2003

The 2003 ASUU strike lasted for 6 months, Ended in 2004
In 2003, Nigerian university undergraduates had to stay at home again for six months as ASUU embarked on another industrial action due to the non-implementation of previous agreements, which covers poor university funding and disparity in salary and retirement age.

Incessant ASUU Strike strangles academic activities and students performances. (Evatese)

5. 2005

The 2005 ASUU strike lasted for 3 days.
Nigerian university students again experienced another disruption in their academic calendars as universities lecturers went on another industrial action. According to the Guardian,  the lecturers went on strike for just two weeks.

6. 2006

In April 2006 academic activities were paralysed in all public universities across the country when  ASUU declared a 3-day warning strike. It eventually lasted for one week.

7. 2007

The 2007 ASUU strike lasted for 3 months.
The 2006 industrial action was followed by another on March  26, 2007. The strike lasted for three months. The reasons for the strike was pretty much the same reasons for the previous strike.

8. 2008

The 2008 ASUU strike lasted as 2 1 week warning strike.
In a bid to press home its demands, ASUU went on strike for one week in 2008. The demands included an improved salary scheme and reinstatement of 49 lecturers who were dismissed at the University of Ilorin.

9. 2009

The 2009 ASUU strike lasted for 4 months.
In 2009, lecturers in public universities across the country embarked on an industrial action that lasted for four months. The strike which started in June was called off in October. Before the strike was called off, the Federal Government and the union had an agreement. The 2009 ASUU/FG agreement would later become the reason for subsequent industrial action.

10. 2010

The 2010 ASUU strike lasted for 5 months and 1 week.
The year 2010 also saw another setback for Nigerian university undergraduates in their academics as ASUU embarked on another indefinite strike that lasted for over five months. The strike started on 22 July 2010 and was called off in January 2011.

11. 2011

The 2011 ASUU strike lasted for 3 months, ended in 2012.
Since the FG failed to honour its 2009 agreement to adequately fund universities in the country and implement the 70-year retirement age limit for ASUU members, the union again paralysed academic activities nationwide in December 2011. The strike lasted for 59 days and was called off in 2012.

12. 2013

The 2013 ASUU strike lasted for 5 months, 13 days.
Again, the government’s failure to review the retirement age for professors from 65 to 70; approve funding to revitalise the university system; increase the budgetary allocations to the education sector by 26% among other demands led to another industrial action.

The strike was embarked upon on July 1, 2013, called off on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. It lasted for five months, 15 days.

13. 2016

The 2016 ASUU strike lasted for 1 week as a warning.
This was a one week warning strike which with the ultimate strike action averted there after,

14. 2017

The 2017 ASUU strike lasted for 1 months and 6 days.
On August 17, 2017,  ASUU again declared an indefinite strike over unresolved and contentious issues with the Federal Government. The strike was called off in September.

15. 2018

The 2018 ASUU strike is currently ongoing and it has reached 40days and counting.
Again, due to the Federal Government’s failure to meet its demands, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) declared an indefinite nationwide strike.

The union announced the strike on Sunday, November 4, 2018, after their National Executive Council meeting held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.

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