The history of SSANU could be said to have commenced when in 1993 Sir B.A.C. Onwurah (UNN) and other compatriots like Comrs Dapo Oluge (UI), Barr. Senbanjo (UNILORIN), Comrs (Barr.) Sam Piwuna, Akande (UNIJOS), Comr. (Mrs.) Mustapha (ABU, Zaria), Comr. (Barr.) Odey (UNICAL) Comr. Laz Igbokwe (UNN) to mention but a few, extricated SSANU from the amorphous SSAUTHRIAI and sustained the Union for about 7 years (1993-2000) with very meager resources at their disposal.
The Foundation President, as he was fondly called, together with his able compatriots and dedicated and selfless comrades across the branches nationwide,
laid a solid foundation for the Union, upon which subsequent vibrant leaders of the union were to build. After Sir Onwurah, came Comr. (Barr.) Sam Piwuna of
the University of Jos in 2000 after a period of interregnum, that saw the late Comrade (Barr.) John Odey as Acting President between 1999 and 2000.
It is on record that, the 2001 SSANU/FGN agreement which was the first agreement with Government was realized during the Sam Piwuna era, even when
the union was yet to be officially registered. The Golden era in the history of SSANU came when Comr. (Barr.) Promise A. K. Adewusi became
National President in 2004 at the Port Harcourt NDC. During the Adewusi era, SSANU was formally and officially registered as a Trade Union by the
Registrar of Trade Unions in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity with Certificate number 0105 dated 29th June, 2005 and gazetted in the Federal
Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette number 22 of 2005.
SSANU Constitution was codified, and it became
affiliated to a Trade Centre, first to the Congress of Free Trade Unions (CFTU) 2006, where SSANU was able to grab the position of 2nd Deputy President for its fighting spirit during the fuel subsidy 'wars'. Latter after the merger of CFTU with NLC ( which SSANU as Ag. President of CFTU initiated) on 18th January, 2009, SSANU became affiliated to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) under Comr President Oshiomhole despite envious opposition from sister unions for the first time in the history of the union and also attained the enviable position of Deputy President of NLC, a position which SSANU held until the 2015 NLC NDC. An official Secretariat was acquired and the first set of employees were engaged. A Conference Hall was built, SSANU website was launched and the secretariat was computerized. An NGO, (SHARP) was established which attracted funding from highly reputable international donor agencies like the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Academy for Educational Development (AED).Furthermore, the second agreement (2009 SSANU/FGN Agreement) was during Comr. P.A.K. Adewusi. This agreement irrespective of whatever any critic may say, has changed the fortunes of members of the Union for the good, as it succeeded in attaining 65 years retirement age for SSANU members, put our Registrars and Bursars on consolidated salary and returned parity in the salaries of university workers (for which our antagonists in the system still grudge us) across board plus earned allowances negotiated and signed. We are committed to ensuring industrial harmony and stability within the university system through the instrumentality of a focused trade union