ASUU To Sue FG Over Registration Of Factional Academic Unions

A photo combination of Ngige and Prof. Osodeke
A photo combination of Ngige and Prof. Osodeke 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities said it will file a petition with the National Industrial Court (NIC) about how the Federal Government registered the two faction unions.

"ASUU will be in court. It will be the NIC, "ASUU's attorney, Femi Falana, said Thursday on Channels Television.

In a Thursday morning interview with our correspondent, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, president of ASUU, verified the situation.

(Falana) is our attorney. When asked to confirm the development, Osodeke stated, "That is accurate."


The Federal Government registered the Congress of Nigerian Universities Academics (CONUA) and the National Association of Medical and Dental Academics (NAMDA) on Tuesday.

During the seven-month strike by lecturers at public universities, talks between ASUU and the government broke down. This led to the registration of the two faction unions.

Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labor and Employment, said on Tuesday that the two associations will coexist with ASUU and will have the same rights and benefits as other academic unions in the tertiary education system.

However, Senior Advocate Falani stated that the registration of CONUA and NAMDA is unlawful. He explained that according to the Trade Unions Act, only one union is permitted to exist in any sector.


"Two unions cannot exist in the same industry. In Nigeria, only a union may be registered by all academics.

"That is the essence of the classification of trade unions because we used to have mushrooms in the First Republic, so the government restructured the unions and grouped all academics together and all non-academics together. He stated, "You cannot have two or three in the same field."

Falana stated that there is a Supreme Court decision about the proliferation of labor unions—the Erasmus Osawe v. Registrar of Labor Unions case.

The senior attorney also said that the supreme court found "that your freedom of association is not absolute; it is also limited by the Trade Unions Act so that there aren't too many trade unions."

Since February 14, 2022, ASUU has been on strike over, among other things, underpaid allowances, inadequate benefits, and payment software.

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