Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

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SOUTH AFRICA PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS’ STRIKE

SOUTH AFRICA PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS’ STRIKE ANC Government Bows To Popular Pressure (By Eko John Nicholas) On Friday 1st June 2007, the South Africa public sector workers embarked on an indefinite mass action to campaign for a 12% salary increase. The strike, which lasted for almost 4 weeks, was unprecedented in the history of South Africa, for it represented the

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Unending Crisis In Palestine

Unending Crisis In Palestine (By Niran Okewole) The wheels of history recently turned in favour of Hamas in the struggle with Fatah over the control of Gaza strip. As it obtained in the January 2006 general election, the Fatah supporters were left stranded as the leading clique in Gaza, built around Mohamed Dahlan lost the influence they had had in

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Victory For Ex-Unilorin Student Activist

Victory For Ex-Unilorin Student Activist Victory again came the way of former student activist of University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Lanre Akinola, when on June 8, 2007, the Court of Appeal sitting in Ilorin unanimously upheld the Judgment of the Federal High Court, Ilorin, which had earlier declared illegal and unconstitutional the withholding of Akniola’s academic record and degree. It also

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AFTERMATH JUNE 2007 GENERAL STRIKE

Socialist Democracy August 2007 Edition AFTERMATH JUNE 2007 GENERAL STRIKE Which Way Forward For The Working Masses? (By Segun Sango, DSM General Secretary) Between June 20 and June 23, 2007, Nigeria came to a complete halt as working people led the mass of the population in struggle against the latest attacks of the ruling robber elite. Overall, the general strike/mass

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UAD 6th National Convention

UAD 6th National Convention The United Action for Democracy held its 6th National Convention in Bauchi on July 13-15, 2007. The National Convention also coincided with the 10th anniversary of the existence of the organisation since it was founded. The theme of the convention was “strengthening the UAD towards systemic transformation of Nigeria”. Issues of national importance that were discussed

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MINIMUM WAGE

MINIMUM WAGE Time for a Living Wage (By Emma Adikwu) For decades, workers in Nigeria have been groaning under the weight of incessant hardship being imposed on them by successive governments, through unilateral increases in petroleum pump price that is usually accompanied by a corresponding rise in inflation that affects virtually all goods and services in the country. As such,

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DSM AND UAD JUNE 12 SYMPOSIUM

DSM AND UAD JUNE 12 SYMPOSIUM Participants Call For Working Peoples Political Alternative On Tuesday 12 June 2007, the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) and United Action for Democracy (UAD) held a symposium with the theme: “2007 General Elections: Lessons Which The Working Masses and Pro-Working Masses Organization Must Draw”. The venue was the banquet hall of the Lagos Travel Inn,

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2007 ELECTION AND THE WORKING MASSES

2007 ELECTION AND THE WORKING MASSES Although, 2007 general elections had come and gone, it would continue to be seen by all honest people as the greatest farcical electoral exercise ever conducted in the history of Nigeria. The background to the April elections was an indication of “a do or die” contest among the thieving ruling elite. Perceived formidable figures

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DSM – Brief History

DSM – Brief History The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), the Nigerian affiliate of the Committee for a Workers’ International, has already a history of over two decades of struggle. Formed by labour and student socialist activists we had our first, founding conference in 1986. Because of the era of military dictatorship in which it was born, our organisation was only

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NANS ZONE D ELECTION

NANS ZONE D ELECTION The Worst In History (By Eko John Nicholas) The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS Zone D), comprising all the higher institutions in the south western states of Nigeria: Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, Osun and Ondo, held its convention on the 21st July 2007, at the College of Agricultural Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ayetoro Campus, in

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NCP: Mindless Destruction of a Good Objective

NCP: Mindless Destruction of a Good Objective For generations, there has been a need in Nigeria for a working peoples’ party, a party different from the robber bands masquerading as political parties that would fight against the miseries inflicted by capitalism and for a socialist future. The NCP’s launch marked a step towards such a party. It attracted the support

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Lagos State Workers And The New 15% Pay Rise

Lagos State Workers And The New 15% Pay Rise (By Dagga Tolar) The murmur of Lagos State workers in various workplaces, across the state, even at the state secretariat, Alausa, is increasingly getting louder. They also want to savour the gains of the recently concluded general strike and mass protest organized by LASCO (which is made up of the NLC,

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STATE OF REFINERIES

STATE OF REFINERIES A Ruling Class Sabotage (By Chinedu Bosah) Refineries can never work! That was the slogan repeatedly said by Obasanjo and his gang. Why? They said the government could not manage refineries. But they should be reminded that Venezuela government runs over 8 refineries such that it does not only export crude oil, it also exports refined products

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NUT Vice Chairman Donates Honorarium to DSM and UTF

NUT Vice Chairman Donates Honorarium to DSM and UTF Socialist activist, teacher and the 3rd Vice-Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Ajeromi-Ifelodun branch, Lagos State chapter, donated N10, 000 to the Democratic Socialist Movement, from a total sum of N24, 400 received as honorarium and sitting allowance from the branch of the NUT, covering a period of March

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YAR’ADUA ADMINISTRATION

YAR’ADUA ADMINISTRATION The Dawn Of Zero Tolerance For Corruption? (By Demola Yaya) The former Bayelsa State Governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseiagha, was sentenced to two-year jail term on July 26, 2007 after pleading guilty of stealing public wealth entrusted in him. In addition, as of the last count, five ex-governors are being prosecuted by the EFCC over serious allegation of stealing public

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RECALL SACKED EKITI TEACHERS NOW!

RECALL SACKED EKITI TEACHERS NOW! (By Dagga Tolar) The sack of Mr. Tope Ajibola, (Chairman), Mrs. Morenike Olaniyan (Vice-Chairman), Mr. Biodun Ogunduade (Secretary), Mrs. Yetunde Adeyemo and Mrs. Olusola Adigun, for their involvement and role in building the Conference of Secondary School Teachers (COSST) by the Ekiti state government, through its Teaching Service Commission in Feb. 2007, remains an unjust

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AS ASUU CALLS OFF THREE MONTH OLD STRIKE

AS ASUU CALLS OFF THREE MONTH OLD STRIKE Whither The Education Sector? (By Alayande Stephen T.) The perennial crisis rocking the nation’s education sector has continued unabated, and as usual, it took a whole three months for the Academic Staff Unions of Universities (ASUU) to suspend the strike action it embarked on in March 26, 2007. The point of disagreement

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ROTIMI EWEBIYI ENDOWMENT FUND

ROTIMI EWEBIYI ENDOWMENT FUND A Special Appeal For Donation The Democratic Socialist Movement appeals to labour, mass organizations and individuals to donate to the Rotimi Ewebiyi Endowment Fund (REEF). They are also invited to the 3rd Anniversary of Rotimi Ewebiyi and the re-launch of the Endowment Fund slated for August 18, 2007. The REEF was launched in July 2004 for

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Can Economy Become Better Under Yar’Adua?

Can Economy Become Better Under Yar’Adua? (By Peluola Adewale) When Olusola Saraki, the Senate Leader in the second republic and the patriarch of the Kwara State politics led a group called the Northern Forum to pay him a visit, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, then the President-elect, unfolded his economic agenda. Reacting to comments by Saraki, he said, “I will ensure that

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YAR’ADUA PRESIDENCY

YAR’ADUA PRESIDENCY A New Dawn in Niger Delta? (By Peluola Adewale) With the emergence of Goodluck Jonathan as the Vice President of Nigeria, it was not out of place for some people to have expected improvement in the Niger Delta crisis. This hope was strengthened with the release of Asari Dokubo, the leader of the Niger Delta People Volunteer Force,