This was the era when paid employment was newly introduced and the numbers of people employed were few. NNASU, was inactive due to its small membership strength so it faded away naturally. New Unions began to spring up after the enactment of the Trade Unions Ordinance No. 69 of 1938 which gave opportunity for people in the same industry or profession to come together and form Unions and Association. This development made it possible for a few members of Native Authority from the Western Province to form the Federal Union of Native Authority Staff (FUNAS) in 1942 and the Union was registered on 2nd September of the same year, with Headquarters at Abeokuta headed by Chief A.A. Adegbamigbe. FUNAS reigned until 1946 when it changed its name to Nigeria Union of Local Authority Staff (NULAS) in order to give it a National Status embracing all employees of Local Authorities with its Headquarters at Ibadan under the leadership of Chief J.O. Olademiji.
The division of the country into regions in 1951 shattered most trade unions. Some could not establish contacts with their National Headquarters while others had to hide under the incompetence of some of their National Leadership to form new unions. Hence the Eastern District Organization of NULAS Eastern District Township Workers Union and Western Provinces severed connections with their counterparts in the West and formed a new Union called Nigerian Association of Local Government Employees (NALGE). NALGE existed only in the Eastern Province until 1966 when it was deregistered for violating the trade union act.
1977 saw the amalgamation of the following unions to form what is today known as the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).
- Nigeria Union of Local Authority Staff
- Municipal and Local Municipal Authority Workers Union
- Welfare State Conversation workers Union.
- Lagos City Council Mechanical and Allied Workers Union
- Rivers State Municipal and Local Council Workers Union
- Muslim Town Council Workers Union
- Ibadan Municipal Council Health Workers Union.
- Town and Municipal Authority Staff Union of Nigeria. NULGE was inaugurated on November 8th, 1977 and registered in 1998 deriving its legality from Trade Union (Amendment) Decree 22 of 1978.
NATIONAL PRESIDENTS OF THE UNION
- Chief J.A. Woye – 1977
- E.O Irelewuyi – 1977 – 1982
- Chief Frank Oramulu – 1982 – 1992
- Malam Mustapha Abubakar – 1992 – 2001
- DejiAkinleware – 2001 – 2004
- Comrade Chris Aghara,
IbrahimKhaleel – Nat’l Caretaker Chairmen – 2004 – 2005
- Comrade (Prince) Kingsley Ogba – 2005 – 2010
- Comrade Bashir Olarewaju – Oct, 2010 – March 2011
- Comrade Ibrahim KhaleelAbdulkadir, mni – 2011 –Till Date
- M.A. Akinwumi – 1977 – 1982
- V.A. Anibaba – 1982 – 1985
- Alhaji A.A. Salam – 1985 – 2005
- Comrade Sam Umbugadu – 2005 – 2007
- BamideleOyeniyan – 2007 – 2012
- Joshua M. Irapakob – 2012 – 2017
- ChukuemekeAguonye – 2017 – Till Date